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Empowering frontline maternal health workers for better mental health outcomes for adolescent and adult mothers
Depression is quite common in women in the perinatal period. However, maternal and child healthcare services often do not make any provision to meet the mental health needs of women in the perinatal period. Effective treatment for perinatal depression can be delivered by frontline primary health care providers but what is required for successful integration of maternal mental health care to routine perinatal care is yet to be determined. In a series of studies, the Ibadan Research Team on the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa explored what is needed to empower frontline primary health care workers in Oyo State to scale up care for perinatal depression through improved identification and provision of evidence-based treatment to both adult and adolescent mothers.


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Professor Oye Gureje
PhD, DSc, FAS, FNAMed, NNOM @Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan
Dr Bibilola D. Oladeji
Senior Lecturer @Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan
Dr Bibilola Oladeji is a Senior Lecturer and the current Head on the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Consultant Psychiatrist to the University College Hospital, Ibadan. She has special interest in Maternal Mental Health and has been involved with exploring the integration of mental health care with maternal health care services from primary through tertiary services. In the context of which she has developed training manuals and provided training to hundreds of healthcare workers to identify and provide evidenced based care for common mental disorders.
Dr Kola Lola
Senior Research Fellow @Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan