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Strengthening Maternal Mental Health in Special Populations: Implementation Challenges and Opportunities

The Implementation Science Collaborative’s MHPSS Webinar Series advances evidence-to-use priorities to inform policy and practice in low- and middle-income countries. This webinar series is supported by the Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project, managed by University Research Co., LLC. and co-hosted by the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Center for Innovation in Mental Health (CIMH) and East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC).

This webinar presented implementation strategies for providing depression care and psychosocial support to vulnerable mothers in low- and middle-income countries, highlighting key findings and lessons learned from the Baby Friendly Spaces program for refugee mothers in Bangladesh and the Maternal Depression Treatment in HIV (M-DEPTH) program for HIV-infected pregnant women in Uganda. An expert panel provided perspectives on important challenges in the field and outlined opportunities to advance maternal mental health care for special populations.

Speakers and Panelists

Amanda Nguyen, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development

Saray Murray, PhD
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Juliet Nakku, MD
Executive Director, Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital

Karine Le Roch, PhD
MHPSS Research Project Advisor, Action contre la Faim


Linda Nabitaka Kisaakye, MD
Senior Program Officer, Uganda Ministry of Health

Dilys Walker, MD
Professor, University of California San Francisco Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Lamia Jouini, MD
Consultant, World Health Organization Department of Mental Health and Substance Use