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Implementing a pilot intervention for perinatal mental health and intimate partner violence in rural Ethiopia

Implementing a pilot intervention for perinatal mental health and intimate partner violence in rural Ethiopia

World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines recognise that intimate partner (domestic) violence (IPV) adversely affects health, and recommend identification, training and woman-centred support. In Ethiopia, IPV is commonest in pregnancy, making antenatal care an important intervention opportunity. Integrating WHO IPV guidelines within perinatal psychosocial interventions could improve physical and mental health, but evidence from rural Africa is lacking.

Roxanne Keynejad's PhD project is funded by King's College London and a King's IoPPN Clinical Investigator Scholarship and supervised by Dr Charlotte Hanlon and Professor Louise Howard. It aims to test the hypothesis that IPV moderates women's responses to psychosocial interventions for mental health problems, and to pilot and evaluate a perinatal psychosocial intervention adapted to integrated WHO IPV guidelines, in rural Ethiopia.

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