Giving Voice to the Silent Burden: Maternal Mental Health Technical Consultation Agenda

Day One: September 7, 2021

7:30 AM-8:00 AM EDT | Keynote and Plenary

Giving Voice to the Silent Burden: Elevating Maternal Mental Health during the Pandemic and Beyond

Moderator: Suzanne Stalls, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

Confirmed Panelists:

• Koki Agarwal, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

• Natalia Kanem, UNFPA

• Dr. Zsuzanna Jakab, WHO

• Dr. Jennifer Adams, USAID

8:05 AM-9:00 AM EDT | Plenary

Global overview of perinatal mental health: what do we know and how do we reframe the conversation

This panel discussion will present a global overview of the maternal health, mental health and maternal mental health fields. This will be an opportunity to bring all participants, from diverse backgrounds, together and share a common baseline understanding of CPMDs and the state of perinatal mental health from multiple perspectives. The panel will also speak about the impact of CPMDs on women’s overall health and rights as well as on children and families more broadly.

Moderator: Becca Levine, USAID

Confirmed Panelists:

• Neerja Chowdhary, WHO

• Shanon McNab, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

• Dr. Jane Fisher, Monash University

• Tafadzwa Meki, Someone Always Listens To You

• Sarah Bar-Zeev, UNFPA

9:00 AM-9:55 AM EDT | Webinar

Common Perinatal Mental Disorders: current evidence and gaps

This panel discussion will feature the knowledge of what evidence exists, what we know works (from various perspectives) and then to identify the gaps in evidence and areas for further research or implementation learning. This panel will give participants the space to ask questions and share their knowledge and feedback. Each panelist will be given a set of questions to think about ahead of time.

Moderator: Bizu Gelaye, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Confirmed Panelists:

• Genesis Chorwe-Sungani, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

• Linos Muvhu, SPANS

• Phiona Naserian Koyiet, World Vision Kenya

• Prasansa Subba, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal

10:00 AM-10:45 AM EDT | Webinars

Evidence and Gaps for Women in Fragile and Crisis-Affected Contexts

In this session, speakers will review current evidence and reflect on gaps in approaches for addressing common perinatal mental disorders in fragile and crisis-affected settings, including for displaced populations and those living in areas affected by conflict and complex emergencies. Participants and panelists will have an opportunity to explore how needs and service delivery platforms may vary across different types of settings, and discuss priorities for strengthening maternal mental health programming.

Moderator: Fahmy Hanna, WHO

Confirmed Speakers:

• Isabella Atieno, Jhpiego

• Lincoln Ndogoni, Independent Consultant

• Laura Murray, Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health

Overlapping Risks: Evidence and Gaps for Vulnerable Populations

This concurrent workshop will look at the current state of evidence around mental health for vulnerable populations such as adolescents, women experiencing GBV, minority populations and HIV+ women during the perinatal period. The panel will discuss global initiatives, local programming and outstanding gaps in knowledge and action. The panel will draw lessons from the diverse vulnerable populations and identify the gaps that need to be addressed to better include and provide support and services for these vulnerable women and girls.

Moderator: Cory Wornell, USAID

Confirmed Speakers:

• Joanna Lai, UNICEF

• Manasi Kumar, University of Nairobi, Kenya

• Annabel Erulkar, Population Council

• Soumya Singh, Addictions Research Group

Interventions addressing CPMDs through the continuum of perinatal care: evidence and gaps

This session will present experience from a variety of interventions in 1 South Asian, 1 Southeast Asian and 2 African countries, that address the needs of women during and after pregnancy. Speakers will touch on when and how women were screened for CPMD during all phases of the perinatal period, linkages with appropriate care, post-intervention follow up, and outcomes of the interventions. Levels of care include the community and facility, provided by trained CHWs, peer counselors, and nurses/midwives. Speakers will address training and follow up of cadres providing care, choice of platforms for the interventions, acceptability and feasibility of the intervention by women and providers, and potential for sustainability and scale up.

Moderator: Patricia Gomez, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

Confirmed Speakers:

• Atif Rahman, University of Liverpool

• Simone Honikman, Perinatal Mental Health Project

• Dr. Tuan Tran, Research and Training Center for Community Development

• Dr. Ruth Verhey, Friendship Bench

10:50 AM-11:00 AM EDT | Plenary

Closing Remarks

Confirmed Speaker:

• Robyn Churchill, USAID

Day Two: September 8, 2021

7:30 AM-7:40 AM EDT | Plenary

Opening Remarks


• Linos Muvhu, SPANS

7:40 AM-8:25 AM EDT | Webinar

Fostering collaboration with MOH to ensure maternal mental health services: learning from country experiences

This plenary will focus on experiences and learning from Pakistan and Zimbabwe to forge policies and practices aimed at integrating MMH services into the health system. Both countries have been successful with engaging national level governments and working to integrate mental health into PHC. This session will share the learnings from their experiences.

Moderator: Tedbabe Degefie Hailegebriel, UNICEF

Confirmed Panelists:

• Linos Muvhu, SPANS

• Fabian Musoro, Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe

• Zafar Mirza, WHO

•Angie Tarr Nyakoon, Ministry of Health, Liberia

8:30 AM-9:15 AM EDT | Webinar

Strengthening Provider Capacity to Support Quality MMH Care at Facility Level

This concurrent breakout session will increase participants' understanding about how to introduce successful implementation strategies that ensure the presence of trained providers of MMH care at RMNCAH facilities.

Moderator: Geeta Lal, UNFPA

Confirmed Speakers:

• Dr. Bibliola Oladeji, University of Ibadan

• Benedict Dossen, Carter Center, Liberia

• Farida Begum, UNFPA Bangladesh

• Tarun Dua, WHO

Gender transformation for CPMD prevention and response

This concurrent breakout session aims to increase participants' understanding of what gender transformative programming is, how the concept can be translated into existing CMPD interventions and where the barriers and pitfalls are to gender transformative health systems.

Moderator: Alex Smith, USAID

Confirmed Panelists:

• Dr. Jane Fisher, Monash University

• Dr. Prahba Chandra, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India

• Ifeyinwa Yusuf, Nigeria Health Watch

• Aditi Krishna, Iris Group

• Tina Musuya, Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP)

Approaches for Integration of Maternal Mental Health Care in Fragile and Crisis-Affected Contexts

In this session, speakers will share experiences from integration of psychosocial support, gender-based violence prevention and response, and women centered health care initiatives in humanitarian settings. Entry points for integration of mental health and psychosocial support into maternal mental health programs will be explored, as well as lessons from humanitarian programming that can inform short and long term strategies for strengthening capacity to address maternal mental health care.

Moderator: Hannah Tappis, Jhpiego

Confirmed Speakers:

• Sanni Bundgaard, International Rescue Committee

• Andrea Barrios, Save the Children, Colombia

• Salma Akhter, Research Training and Management

9:20 AM-10:05 AM EDT | Webinars

The Role of Community and Civil Society Organizations in MMH Care

This concurrent breakout session aims to increase participants' awareness of implementation strategies targeting care for CPMDs among community and faith-based partners.

Moderator: Mona Bormet, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

Confirmed Speakers:

• Tobias Opiyo, CRS-SCORE-ECD Project, Kenya

• Dr. Siham Sikander, Thinking Healthy Pakistan

• Dena Batrice, Activities at Strong Minds

Perinatal Trauma and Maternal Mental Health

This concurrent breakout session aims to illustrate the impact of traumatic perinatal experiences on maternal and child health and development and present strategies to mitigate the impacts. The session will increase participant’s awareness of the lived experience of unanticipated obstetric events, mistreatment during childbirth, and perinatal loss, as well as community generated strategies to mitigate trauma and improve maternal and newborn wellbeing during the perinatal cycle.

Moderator: Saraswathi Vedam, Birth Place Lab

Confirmed Speakers:

• Wanjiru Kihusa, Still a Mum

• Heather Clarke, American College of Nurse Midwives

• Farah Diaz Tello, J.D., If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Integrating Maternal Mental Health into Existing Small and Sick Newborn and Nutrition Interventions

This concurrent breakout session aims to increase participants' understanding of strategies to integrate MMH care into existing platforms targeting small and sick newborns and maternal and child nutrition.

Moderator: Lily Kak, USAID

Confirmed Speakers:

• Mathieu NEMERIMANA, Partners in Health

• Dr. Shams el Arifeen, ICDDRB

• Mubarak Abera, Jimma University, Ethiopia

• Mark Tomlinson, Queen's University, Belfast

• Bernadette Daelmans, WHO

• Dr. Harish Chellani, VMM College

10:10 AM-10:50 AM EDT | Plenary

Linkages and Learnings between the Respectful Maternity Care and Maternal Mental Health Movements

The aim of this panel discussion is to increase participants' understanding of the commonalities between the RMC and MMH movements and share learning to foster MMH.

Moderator: Mary Ellen Stanton, USAID

Confirmed Panelists:

• Patience Afulani, University of California, San Francisco

• Mary Sando, RMC Rep

• Hedieh Mehrtash, WHO Consultant

• Charity Ndwiga, Population Council

10:55 AM-11:00 AM EDT | Plenary

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Kathleen Hill, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

Day Three: September 9, 2021

7:30 AM-7:40 AM EDT | Plenary

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Genesis Chorwe-Sungani

7:40 AM-8:35 AM EDT | Plenary

Aligning a Movement for Maternal Mental Health

This opening plenary session will set the stage for Day 3, with global leaders discussing opportunities for alignment across RMNCAH and Mental Health initiatives. Participants will be oriented to the WHO Mental Health Action Plan and ongoing RMNCAH programs and efforts from other global bodies including UNFPA, UNICEF, and ICM. Panelists will share their recommendations and insights on how to best align existing global and country efforts to accelerate the maternal mental health agenda and move the needle moving forward.

Moderator: Pandora Hardtman, Jhpiego

Confirmed Speakers:

• Devora Kestel, WHO

• Anneka Knutsson, UNFPA

• Zenaib Hijazi, UNICEF

• Franka Cadée, International Confederation of Midwives

•Pasqueline Njau, Calmind Foundation, Kenya

8:40 AM-9:25 AM EDT | Webinars

Reducing the Maternal Mental Health Stigma: Advocacy and Awareness Raising Approaches

This concurrent breakout session will explore and discuss best practices for stigma reduction. Participants will learn about the community approaches and involvement of mothers with lived experiences in reducing maternal mental health stigma.

Moderator: James Sale, United for Global Mental Health

Confirmed Speakers:

• Grace Catera, Global Mental Health Action Network

• Dristy Gurung, PhD Student

• Anne Kihara, FIGO

• Sir Graham Thornicroft, King's College London

Future of Maternal Mental Health: Integration of and Economic Investments in Health Workforce for Sustainable Interventions.

This concurrent breakout session discusses the need for integration of maternal mental health, with examples of successful integration, and the case for investment in human resources and financing, in shaping the future.

Moderator: Sarah Kline, United for Global Mental Health

Confirmed Speakers:

• Annette Bauer, London School of Economics

• Michelle Acorn, ICN

• Priti Sridhar, Mariwala Health Initiative

• Dr. Charlotte Hanlon, King's College, London

COVID and Maternal Mental Health: Impact on Women and Healthcare Providers

This panel discussion highlights examples of the challenges faced by mothers and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the innovations used to address these challenges.

Moderator: Muna Abdullah, UNFPA, East and Southern Africa

Confirmed Speakers:

• Pracheth Raghuveer, Yenepoya Medical College, India

• Dr. Andres Moya, Universidad de los Andes

• Felicity Copeland, Burnet Institute

• Maria Jose Torres, Universidad de los Andes

What Can You Do Now? Practical Recommendations for Integrating MMH into Community and Primary Health Care Settings

In this session, participants will hear practical recommendations for integrating maternal mental health care into community and facility health care platforms based on real-world experience in India and South Africa. Participants will also hear from experts on the importance of cultural adaptation of services and monitoring and measuring success of programming utilizing SMART indicators. There will also be time set aside for audience Q&A.

Moderator: Allisyn Moran, WHO

Confirmed Speakers:

• Aneel Brar, Mata Jai Kaur Maternal and Child Health Centre, India

• Dr. Simone Honikman, University of Cape Town, South Africa

• Professor Nusrat Husain, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

• Dr. Rima Jolivet, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

9:30 AM-10:30 AM EDT | Plenary

Ensuring No One is Left Behind in the Road to 2030: Advancing Collective Action for Maternal Mental Health

This dynamic session will link with, and summarize, resonant themes and recommendations from concurrent sessions, and then move to targeted call-to-action from key perspectives.

Moderator: Willibald Zeck, United Nations Population Fund

Confirmed Speakers:

• Vikram Patel, Harvard Medical School

• Dr Anshu Banerjee, WHO

• Joy Burkhard, 2020 Mom

• Marietou Satin, USAID

• Dr. Kim Dickson, UNICEF

• Mwawi Ng’oma, University of Malawi

10:35 AM-10:45 AM EDT | Plenary

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Paul Bolton, USAID


Tuesday, September 7 - Thursday, September 9, 2021

7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. EDT