Journal Article

Maternal depression in low- and middle-income countries

Charlotte Hanlon

in International Health

Published on behalf of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Volume 5, issue 1, pages 4-5
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 1876-3413
Published online November 2012 | e-ISSN: 1876-3405 | DOI:

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Maternal depression is an enormous, neglected public health problem in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs). Evidence is accumulating to guide intervention, focused on integrating mental health care into routine maternal and child health care through a task sharing approach. Key questions around the ‘who, what, when, where and how?’ of intervention will be discussed in relation to the existing evidence base. A great deal of attention is now being paid to maternal health in LAMICs. By seizing this opportunity to also attend to maternal mental health care, important public health gains can be made for both the mother and her children.

Keywords: Maternal depression; Postnatal depression; Developing countries; Primary health care; Health services

Journal Article.  1322 words. 

Subjects: Community Medical Services

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