December 2013
Perinatal Mental Health Project
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Holiday greetings from Simone and Team

We wish all our supporters, colleagues, friends and partners a healthy and happy holiday season.
Your work with us towards mental health for mothers and their babies is deeply appreciated by the whole PMHP team, and certainly by the thousands of women we served this year.


Hamba Kahle, Madiba 1918 - 2013 - A Tribute from UCT Health Sciences


Turn the World Upside Down - Mental Health Challenge designed to identify and promote learning from the experiences, innovations and practices of people living and working in low- and middle-income countries around the world, which could be effectively applied to the major health challenges faced by high-income countries. People living in the most disease-prone and poorest countries of the world are developing new ideas and practices in health from which we can all learn, wherever we live. Turning the World Upside Down showcases some extraordinary examples and provides a space for discussion and debate.
See PMHP's case study, which was selected to be showcased with 30 other innovations, on TTWUD website here.

World Innovative Summit (WISH) 
The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a high-profile initiative that aims to promote and facilitate innovation in the delivery of healthcare around the globe. - Read more online.
This 2-day international summit, taking place in Doha, Qatar, will bring together governments, business leaders, academics, clinicians, the media and global funders.
Vikram Patel (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, LSHTM) and Shekhar Saxena (World Health Organizations, WHO) are co-chairing the mental health forum, and will present a written report of a select few case studies that illustrate best practice. PMHP was selected to be one of 13 cases to be part of this presentation, as well a larger database for mental health innovations. This database will be freely available on the internet. For the full report go the Innovation Pages of WISH.
After the WISH summit, the database will further develop into a collaboration project between LSHTM and the WHO “Platforms for innovations in mental health”.

"From client to psychologist to board member"
Samantha: "My story begins in 2004, when I was told that I was pregnant with my first child. After extensive consideration, my husband and I decided that we would use the public healthcare facility, a maternity hospital, closest to our home, as private users. This facility happened to be the site of the Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP). Although my pregnancy was planned, and eagerly awaited, I noticed that I was not as excited and happy as I had previously anticipated. Not knowing what to expect, however, I kept these feelings to myself."
Read more about her and other Mothers' Stories here. Samantha Hanslo


"Through my traumatic experience, I was able to see how necessary psychosocial support is, and what a huge impact it can have on the quality of care provided to healthcare users."

Samantha Hanslo, Adherence and Psychosocial Support Advisor at Stellenbosch University and former PMHP service recipient.

Welcome to the PMHP!

The PMHP team has been strengthened by three new volunteers!

Beulah Marks (Volunteer)Beulah Marks
facilitates a staff support group for nurses at Retreat MOU, where she is constantly inspired by their commitment and sense of purpose.

Fatima Moosa (Volunteer)Fatima Moosa 
offers her administrative skills to the PMHP.

Eve Sigalas (Volunteer)Eve Sigalas - provides administrative and communications skills. She also runs a bi-weekly relaxation and stress relief session for women in the Kangaroo Maternity Care Ward at our Mowbray site.
Read more about our team on our website here

What else is new?

  • Leaflet for beneficiaries: Domestic Abuse and Violence Download
  • Leaflet: Self-Care Strategies for Health Workers Download
  • Learning brief: Caring for Health Workers Download
Thank you to our donors

Mary Slack & Daughters Foundation ——| Welton Foundation | Individual donors in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, UK and USA

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