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Message from the Director

We wish all our partners, supports, colleagues and friends a fabulous 2015!

We have started the year energised after summer holidays and are bursting with innovations
as we face new challenges and opportunities this year.

We welcome two new staff members, Roseanne Turner and Michael Onah, both of whom bring skills and experience that are unique to the PMHP. 

We look forward to exciting new work in rural Eastern Cape Province which we hope will be sustained long after our presence there. The aim is  for community health workers to deliver quality, impactful services to vulnerable mothers in a province where resources are extremely scarce. The work will draw on our long experience and will include training, service design, staff wellness and evaluation components. We will be working with two deeply-entrenched NGOs in the area who have strong collaborative relationships with the Departments of Health and Social Development in that province.

We have received funding from the Australian High Commission Direct Aid Program, to convert our paper-based monitoring and evaluation systems for our clinical services to a mobile telephone platform. This should streamline administrative duties for our counselling and co-ordinations staff and optimise uptake of care by mothers in distress.

We hope to keep in touch with you through the year.

Take care

Welcome to the PMHP

We are pleased to introduce two new members to our team! Michael Onah is joining us as the Research Officer. He holds a Masters in Public Health and specialised in Health EconomistRoseanne Turner is joining us as the Training and Development  Officer. She is a registered nurse educator, nurse and midwife .
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Publication for mothers

The Department of Health has developed together with the PMHP, information materials for mothers and teens. 60.000 copies of the Maternity Booklet and the Teen's Guide to Pregnancy have been distributed to mothers and teens in the Western Cape. These are currently being translated into languages other than English.
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Creating Capability

In South Africa, approximately one third of resource-poor women experience mental illness during pregnancy. 

Through the capabilities approach, our recent paperarising from our Hanover Park service, locates maternal mental illness in a development framework. 
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