Giving Voice to the Silent Burden: Join MOMENTUM, WHO, and UNFPA at our Maternal Mental Health Technical Consultation

Published on June 8, 2021

Karen Kasmauski/MCSP

Common perinatal mental disorders (CPMDs), including prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, are the leading complications of pregnancy and childbirth globally. Approximately one in five women in low- and middle-income countries suffer from one or more CPMDs.1 COVID-19 has increased the prevalence of CPMDs, and initial studies have shown rates that are three times higher than those from before the pandemic. In addition to the significant impact that CPMDs can have on a woman’s mental health and well-being, evidence has linked them to poor health among newborns, infants, and children.

MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will host a Maternal Mental Health (MMH) Technical Consultation from Tuesday, September 7 to Thursday, September 9, 2021. The consultations will take place for two to three hours each day; exact times will be released in a forthcoming announcement.

There are effective psychosocial and health promotion interventions to foster support for maternal mental health, but it remains a silent burden that has not yet received the political and programmatic attention it warrants from the global health community. The three-day technical consultation, facilitated by global and local MMH experts, will bring together members of the maternal, newborn, child health, nutrition, and mental health communities to collaborate and inform the path forward to ensure that pregnant and postpartum women receive the respectful and nurturing mental health care they need and deserve. This consultation will inform efforts to strengthen the MMH research agenda, implementation approaches, and integration within health programs and services.

Please register for the consultation here.


  1. Fisher J, et al. Prevalence and determinants of common perinatal mental disorders in women in LMICs: a systematic review. Bull World Health Organ. 2012.

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