Our partners

Building momentum for the integration of maternal mental health services

PMHP works with a range of international, academic, government and non-governmental agencies. Close working relationships with partners and representatives in our beneficiary communities are also important to build sustainable, responsive services.

    Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH)

    The CPMH is the first of its kind on the African continent, and is a joint initiative of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University (SU). The CPMH conducts high quality research on public mental health, and uses evidence for teaching, consultancy and advocacy to promote mental health in Africa. This is in recognition of the need to prioritise mental health on the public health agenda; to develop professional mental health capacity; and to develop policy, service and legislative frameworks to scale up systems of mental health care in Africa. In 2014 the CPMH was conferred the status of University Research Committee (URC) Centre by the University of Cape Town.

    The PMHP is a founding member and partner of the CPMH. Within the Centre, the PMHP is a cross-country partner of the PRogramme for Improving Mental Health CarE (PRIME) and participates in the Africa Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health (AFFIRM).

    Read more about the CPMHP


        The PMHP is a cross-country partner of the PRogramme for Improving Mental Health CarE (PRIME). 

        PRIME is a consortium of research institutions and Ministries of Health in five countries: EthiopiaIndiaNepalSouth Africa and Uganda. The consortium has partners in the UK and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and aims to ensure uptake of world-class research on policy implementation and service scale-up. PRIME is supported by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and is a six year programme which was launched in May 2011.

        • Read more about PRIME
        • Read PMHP’s situational analysis of maternal depression in PRIME partner countries


            The PMHP provides consultant services for the AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health (AFFIRM) consortium.

            AFFIRM is a research and capacity development hub, established in 6 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. This is a 5 year project based at the University of Cape Town, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), USA. AFFIRM broadly aims to investigate cost effective interventions for mental health disorders. In South Africa, a randomised controlled trial is being conducted to determine the effectiveness of a community health worker counselling intervention for depressed pregnant women.

            Read more about AFFIRM

              Organisations that form a part of the PMHP’s network

              Governmental, South Africa

              Department of Health: Provincial Government of the Western Cape

              • Postnatal Care Policy task team
              • Patient Centred Maternity Care Code task team
              • Mental Health Policy Framework task team

              National Department of Health divisions:

              • Maternal and Child Health
              • Non-communicable diseases, Chronic Diseases and Mental Health
              • Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV
              • Maternal Child and Women’s Health Cluster
              • Child, Youth and Family Mental Health

              Department of Social Development: Provincial Government of the Western Cape

              • Children and Families Directorate
              • Early Childhood Development Directorate

              Midwife Obstetric Units and Community Health Centres of the Cape Town Metropolitan District


              University of Cape Town

              • Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health
              • PRIME Programme for Improving Mental Health Care
              • AFFIRM Africa Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health
              • Maternal Support Service
              • Children’s Institute
              • Knowledge Translation Unit, Lung Institute
              • Division of Nursing
              • Advanced midwifery candidates
              • Advanced child care and child critical care candidates
              • School of Child and Adolescent Health
              • MPhil in Maternal and Child Health
              • School of Public Health and Family Medicine
              • The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Business

              Stellenbosch University

              • School of Nursing
                • Advanced Psychiatric nursing candidates
              • Department of Psychology
              • Department of Psychiatry


              • Sangah, India – South Asia Hub for Advocacy, Research and Education (SHARE)
              • World Health Organisation – Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP)
              • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
              • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London
              • Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN)
              • Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH)
              • Northern Territory Department of Health, Mental Health Programme (Australia) through BeyondBlue
              • The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health
              • The Maternal Health Task Force, Harvard School of Public Health (MHTF)
              • World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
              • Centre for Global Mental Health
              • Postpartum Support International (PSI)

              Non-governmental Organisations, South Africa

              The PMHP collaborates with several organisations and services working with vulnerable women and girls.

              The PMHP maintains relationships with a range of organisations that support mothers. Central to our strategy is linking fragmented support services together to provide a continuum of complementary services for women. In many instances, the PMHP has developed training programmes or implementation strategies for these organisations to equip them to address maternal mental health issues. PMHP clients are referred regularly to external support services such as social workers, shelters, domestic violence support services and refugee centres. The PMHP maintains and updates a resource directory, which it disseminates to all maternity facilities and partners.

              Some of PMHP’s collaborations include:

              • Partners in Health
              • Philani Child Health & Nutrition Project
              • Postnatal Support Association of South Africa (PNDSA)
              • Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children
              • SA-Yes
              • Sisters Inc Shelter
              • Small Projects Foundation (SPF)
              • St Anne’s Home
              • Tehillah Community Collaborative
              • The Ark
              • The South African Depression and Anxiety Support Group (SADAG)
              • The Valleys & Mountains Development Fund
              • Ububele African Psychotherarpy Training Centre
              • Umthawelanga
              • Zoe Project


              • Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health
              • Southern African HIV Clinician Society
              • Perinatal Education Programme (Bettercare)
              • Women in Philanthrophy
              • Treatment Action Campaign
              • Medical Research Council (MRC)
              • Professional Standards Committee (UCT)
              • Ashoka – Innovators for the public