March 2013
Perinatal Mental Health Project
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In this edition: 

PMHP Counsellors

PMHP Counsellors (l to r): Bronwyn Evans (Clinical Services Coordinator), Antoinette Devasahayam, Liesl Hermanus and Charlotte Mande Ilunga

"It’s up to me what happens now...and I'm going to be a good mother"

Charlotte’s client, Thuli, grew up in a children’s home after being abandoned by her mother and abused by her father. When she was 16, her grandparents offered to give her a home, but had only taken her in so she could look after them. They treated her like a servant, not a family member. She started meeting with an older man who seemed kind and interested in her. They were married within 4 months, and Thuli was pregnant soon after. But joy was soon replaced by fear when she learned that her new husband was abusive and controlling. She was desperate. The pregnancy was unwelcome. By the time she entered the PMHP counselling service, she had been thinking of harming herself... 

Health workers experience the power of greeting with positive regard

Health workers experience the power of greeting with positive regard
"Please come again. We want to know more!" 

In the first part of 2013, the PMHP trained a record number of health workers. Read about our broad reach and impact here.

"I know my work will be more efficient now - and more effective as I will get to really know my patient and the reasons behind their behaviour." 
Doctor working on the outskirts of Maseru, Lesotho, attending the PMHP
adolescent HIV/AIDS training course.

PMHP Maternal Mental Health HandbookOur latest publication

PMHP Maternal Mental Health Handbook 
We have long realised that there are many health care workers who are unable to participate in training on maternal mental health, but who desperately want to know more so they can better help their patients. The third edition of our Handbook will be useful for anyone involved in caring for mothers and mothers-to-be. And for those who have been on our training, it will consolidate and extend what they’ve learnt. Each chapter has a clear set of learning objectives, summaries and practical activities to bring the theories and concepts to life. We are grateful to the MTN SA Foundation for sponsoring the publication of the PMHP Maternal Mental Health Handbook. 
  • Download the Handbook, for free, from our website here
  • Browse the Handbook by Chapter here

Welcome to the PMHP!

The PMHP team has been strengthened by two new members!

Andrea Harper (Development Officer)Andrea Harper - Development Officer After accidentally setting up a community arts organisation after A-levels, Andrea continued in NGO management. She managed community projects and specialised in fundraising for national social development charities in London. Andrea spent 6 years working on multi-million Pound capital and revenue funding, before coming to South Africa, where she specialises in fundraising and organisational development.

Pennie Bumrungsiri (Volunteer)Pennie Bumrungsiri - Volunteer Pennie has 10 years experience in project development management in in health prevention outreach, village and school-based community development and education reform. She has lived and worked in the US, Germany, France, India, Bangladesh and Thailand. Her passions are knowledge-transfer, capacity building, and defining components of community-based development models that can be applied across cultures.

Read more about our team on our website here

What else is new?

  • For beneficiaries: A booklet for teen moms Download
  • Issue brief: Antidepressant use during pregnancy Download
  • Learning brief: Achieve quality health care by caring for health workers Download
Thank you to our donors

Mary Slack & Daughters Foundation
Stella & Paul Loewenstein Educational Trust
Individual donors through UCT Australian Trust
Individual donors in South Africa

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