Mental health screenings for couples at churches in Nigeria: a strategy for enhancing community-based maternal mental health services in low-resource settings

  • Joy Noel Baumgartner
  • Sylvia Kaaya
  • Hellen Siril
Commentary (Invited)


The burden of perinatal mental disorders among women in low- and middle-income countries is substantial. The current integration of mental health into maternal, neonatal and child health service platforms is limited, despite global calls to prioritize such service integration. The study by Iheanacho and colleagues (2014) entitled “Integrating mental health screening into routine community maternal and child health activity: experience from a prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) trial in Nigeria” provides promising evidence about the feasibility of a church-based strategy for screening pregnant women and their partners for mental health problems through a PMTCT program.


Mental health PMTCT Antenatal care Family health Lay health advisors 


Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joy Noel Baumgartner
    • 1
  • Sylvia Kaaya
    • 2
  • Hellen Siril
    • 3
  1. 1.Duke Global Health InstituteDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Muhimbili University of Health and Allied SciencesDar Es SalaamTanzania
  3. 3.Management and Development for HealthDar Es SalaamTanzania

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