Authors: Lilia Bliznashka, Aisha K Yousafzai, Geofrey Asheri, Honorati Masanja, Christopher R Sudfeld
Maternal depression affects one in four women in sub-Saharan Africa, yet evidence on effective and scalable interventions is limited. The authors evaluate the effect of a community health worker (CHW) delivered home visit responsive stimulation, health and nutrition intervention, and conditional cash transfers (CCTs) for antenatal care and child growth monitoring attendance on maternal depressive symptoms. CCTs for antenatal care and child growth monitoring appeared to provide limited to no additional benefit. Community-based integrated interventions that broadly consider maternal and child health, development and well-being have the potential to promote maternal mental health in rural Tanzania and similar settings.
Link: Effects of a community health worker delivered intervention on maternal depressive symptoms in rural Tanzania
Resource Type: Research
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)