What are the aims of the African Alliance for Maternal Mental Health (AAMMH)?

  • To educate care providers and the wider community about the importance of the mental health of mothers, and about the recognition, prevention and treatment of maternal mental health problems.
  • To advocate for maternal mental health to be prioritised in the strategies, policies and budgets of governments and NGOs, and in the teaching and research agendas of educational institutions.
  • To act together to develop reproductive and child health services in which the mental health of the mother is centrally integrated, and to ensure that mental health services have expertise in the care of women throughout their reproductive lives.

 

Who can join the African Alliance for Maternal Mental Health (AAMMH)?

AAMMH is an umbrella organisation of stakeholders including:

  1. National groups of reproductive, child and mental health care providers, educators and researchers, and mothers themselves, working together in their own countries toward the goals of AAMMH.
  2. Multi-country organisations working in Africa in the field of reproductive, child and mental health that support the goals of AAMMH.

 

The initial objectives of the African Alliance for Maternal Mental Health (AAMMH) include: 

  • To establish a website and a forum for communication and networking between members.
  • To encourage and advocate for the formation of a national maternal mental health alliance in every country in Africa.

To map the current extent of maternal mental health services, policies, legislation and curricula across the continent.