Organization: University of Cape Town
Country: South Africa
Forum: Mental health
Initiated in 2002, the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) seeks to integrate mental health care into routine antenatal and postnatal health care to improve outcomes for both mothers and children.
The innovation is based on a collaborative stepped-care approach and task-sharing strategies:
To support the service, over 2000 health workers have received training in mental health care since 2008.
Between 2002 and 2013, the Project has reached 26,198 women. 17,671 pregnant women have been screened for mental illness and 3,220 women have received on-site counselling at their maternity facility. A total of 8,367 counselling sessions have been delivered by PMHP staff.
This intervention has been shown to have had a positive impact on mothers’ mental health:
The total program cost per year of delivering care to one mother is US$19.50. The typical private medical insurance rate for one therapy session is approximately US$750. As such, the PMHP model has delivered over US$510,000 of savings in health expenditure.