Mental health training for community maternity workers in Nepal.

Van Teijlingen, E., Simkhada, P., Devkota, B., Maharjan, S.K., Sherchan, L., Silwal, R.C., Acharya, K., Bishnu, G.C., Maharjan, R.K., Simkhada, B., Ireland, J., Stephens, J., Fanning, C., Sharma, G., Pradhan, S., Mackay, S., Fawcett, I., Lawrie, A., Havelock, D., Murphy, L., Bista, S., Reeves, C. and Douglas, D, 2017. Mental health training for community maternity workers in Nepal. In: 31st ICM (International Confederation of Midwives) Congress, 18-23 June 2017, Toronto, Canada.

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Abstract

Background: Mental health is a difficult topic to discuss in Nepal. This makes it hard for front-line maternity-care providers to start a discussion about mental health issues with women. As Nepal has not yet recognised midwifery as a profession, this UK-funded programme (THET) aims to train community health workers i.e. Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) on mental health issues related to pregnancy. Purpose/Objective: This needs assessment, of all ANMs working in one district, assesses knowledge of perinatal mental health issues and future training needs. Method: This quantitative study used a structure questionnaire in Nepali at the start of the training of ANMs. The questions covered knowledge, views on mental health and illness and previous training on the topic. Ethical approval was granted by the Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC). Key Findings: In total 74 questionnaires were returned (out of 76). With 97% of ANMSs reporting they never had specific training issues around perinatal mental health. Their knowledge on perinatal mental health is poor, half of them are not aware that pregnancy and childbirth can cause mental illness. People do not talk openly about mental health problem in their local community. Most ANM thought specialised training on perinatal mental health would be useful. Discussion: Mental health in pregnancy/childbirth is often ignored especially in low-income countries like Nepal. In a country without recognised midwives there is a great need to improve attitudes and skills among community-based maternity workers who lacking training on maternity-related mental health issues. There is a great need for a national curriculum to facilitate relevant training.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nepal ; Training ; Volunteers ; Mental health ; Midwifery
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:29401
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:26 Jun 2017 14:40
Last Modified:26 Jun 2017 14:40

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