Our impact in numbers

Maternal mental illness can be addressed:
it is predictable, identifiable, treatable and in many cases, preventable.

Maternal mental health interventions are critical not only because of the high level of need, but because of the preventative and protective impact they have on the social, economic, political and health inequalities faced by women. A significant body of evidence demonstrates the benefits for mother, child, family and society of integrating maternal mental health services into the primary care setting.

Ongoing monitoring and evaluation shows that problems relating to primary support, social environment and lifestyle transition are most commonly reported by distressed women during pregnancy.

Our Clinical work 

Statistical analysis of client logs and counselling data at the postnatal follow-up assessment shows that, on average clients report

57% 

that their main problem is ‘much improved’ or ‘resolved’ after counselling

93% 

successful bonding with their baby

69% 

view their life as positive after counselling

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In 2018, the PMHP team has

Capacity Building

In 2018, the Capacity Building programme trained 653 participants.

Direct training outputs for 2018 are detailed below

 2018
Academic course work/seminars
4th Year medical students (UCT)209
Advanced child care nurses (UCT)26
Advanced midwives (UCT)3
Counselling students (SACAP)37
Other12
Total299
Trainings and workshops
Social workers6
Health care workers (all types)338
Other10
Total354
TOTAL PEOPLE TRAINED BY PMHP653