UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Maternal Mental Health in Lebanon and Kenya

Lebanon and kenya

24 January 2022

Professor Henrietta L. Moore and Hannah Sender are part of an international collaboration that has been awarded £3.8 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to fund a new study in Lebanon and Kenya looking at the treatment of post-natal depression, child development and the mother-child relationship.

The project explores the effectiveness of interventions to treat post-natal depression in low- and middle-income countries and test whether a WHO-recommended psychological therapy modified to match local priorities, delivered sustainably within existing healthcare systems, can lead to improvements in key measures of early child development alongside improvements in maternal mental health.

The IGP is supporting the research by engaging local community members as citizen social scientists and with the development of a Prosperity Index model, focusing on maternal mental health. Citizen social scientists will be trained and paid members of the research team, who will co-design and carry out qualitative research about the relationship between maternal mental health and other social, economic and environmental factors.

The team is led by Professor Peter Fonagy (UCL Psychology and Language Science), and is a collaboration between the UCL Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, Bangor University, Columbia University, ABAAD and the University of Saint Joseph in Lebanon and the University of Nairobi and HealthStrat in Kenya.

Read more about the project: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2020/may/ps38m-funds-international-psychotherapy-trial-new-mothers

Image: Beirut (Lebanon) and Nairobi (Kenya). Sources: Wusel007 on Wikimedia Commons and DEMOSH on Flickr