Global Mental Health Day 2018: Perinatal Mental Health

The Centre for Global Health is pleased to welcome you to the Global Mental Health Day at the University of Oslo.

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On 28th of November 2018, the Centre for Global Health (CGH) at the University of Oslo (UiO) is organizing it´s third Global Mental Health Day. This year's focus will be on perinatal mental health. The day will contain presentations and discussion of the newest research in the field from both national and international prominent researchers. The major objective of the conference is to provide the latest updates in this field and establish contact among researchers in order to develop new projects tackling challenges in perinatal mental health in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) . 


Time Title Speaker
08:15 Arrival - Coffee and tea


Andrea S. Winkler, Director, Centre for Global Health, Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health

Suraj Thapa, Ass. Professor, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Division of Mental Health and Addiction/ Research Group on Traumatic Stress, Forced Migration and Global Mental Health, UiO
08:55 Keynote address Ganesh Acharya, Professor and Head of Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), Karolinska Institutet
09:40 Sexual violence in conflict - impact on women, families and communities Sexual violence in conflict - impact on women, families and communities  Nora Sveaass, Professor, Department of Psychology, UiO (15 minutter)
09:55 Maternal health matters - experiences from Nepal Suraj ThapaSuraj ThapaSuraj ThapaSigne Dørheim, Senior Consultant, PhD, Division of Psychiatry, University hospital Stavanger
10:40 Q & A All
10:40 Coffee break
10:55 The impact of Africa on Perinatal Person Centered Medicine: this was my story, this is my song John Cox, Emeritus Professor, University of Keele, United Kingdom
11:25 Lived experiences of women with obstetric fistula in Malawi Josephine Changole, Doctoral Research Fellow,  Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO
11:4511:4511:50 Lunch
12:30 Disrespect and abuse in maternity care: individual consequences of structural violence Andrea Solnes Miltenburg, Doctoral Research Fellow,  Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO
13:00 Maternal mental health in crisis and conflictMaternal mental health in crisis and conflict Johanne Sundby, Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Global Health, UiO
13:30 Coffee breakPanel Discussion All
14:00 Closing remarks Suraj Thapa
  Coffee and mingling End 14:30

Perinatal mental health

Most women and families look forward to becoming parents. But for some, pregnancy and childbirth is a time with increased risks of complications and death. For women who already have mental health problems, becoming pregnant can aggravate their conditions; for others, new mental health challenges may arise. Mental health problems during and after pregnancy, known as perinatal mental ill health, constitute a significant proportion of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality and have consequences for women’s ability to thrive, to be an active caretaker and to have a good life. It also impacts on early child neurodevelopment. The impact on infants goes beyond delayed psycho-social development and includes low birth weight, reduced breast-feeding, delayed growth, severe malnutrition, increased episodes of diarrhea and lower compliance with immunization schedules, and poorer emotional bonding and stimulation.

The nature, prevalence and determinants of mental health problems in women during pregnancy and in the first year after giving birth have been undergoing thoroug studies in high-income countries (HICs). However, the perinatal mental health of women living in  LMCIs has only recently become the subject of research.

Recent evidence shows that the prevalence of mental health problems in the perinatal period in LMICs is higher than in HICs. Psychiatric morbidity associated with pregnancy is thus a serious but under-recognized public health problem in low-resource settings. In many cases, childbearing women experience hardship, social deprivation, violence, conflict exposure and lack of decision-making options. There are few, if any, proven interventions.

The focus on perinatal mental health is in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that calls for major reductions in maternal, neonatal, and child morbidity and mortality and universal access to sexual and reproductive health services by 2030. 

The event will be open to all, but please sign up as we serve free coffee/tea and lunch:

Published Aug. 13, 2018 9:26 AM - Last modified Mar. 1, 2019 2:17 PM