..the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
“More than 800 million people live every day with hunger or food insecurity as their constant companion” World Hunger Statistics
Perinatal depression refers to major and minor episodes during pregnancy (termed antenatal) and/or within the first 12 months after delivery (termed postpartum or postnatal)
In South Africa there are many risk factors which may contribute to maternal mental illness, especially among women living in poverty.
Follow this link for a list of possible risk factors for common perinatal mental disorders.
Caring for Mothers
One out of every three women in South Africa suffers from depression during and after pregnancy.
Award-winning Director Simon Wood, spent time with Xolelwa in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, where rates of postnatal depression are three times higher than in developed countries. More stories of South African mothers
About our work
The Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) promotes comprehensive maternal mental health services for South African women and informs local and global interventions through robust research and advocacy.
We also build the capacity of those who work with mothers to improve the quality of their care and provide mental health services for pregnant and postnatal women in Hanover Park, Cape Town.
Over the past two decades we have screened close to 40 000 pregnant women and counselled around 7 000 who needed support.