Scaling-up Care for Perinatal Depression through Technological Enhancements to the ‘Thinking Healthy Programme’ (ENHANCE)

Background: An estimated 4-20% women suffer from perinatal depression in Nepal and suicide is the leading cause of death for women in the reproductive age. However, the current maternal and child health (MCH) programmes are heavily focused on physical health with little or no component of mental health. The set target for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 is difficult to achieve if we largely neglect mental health. The three year Enhance project under the support from the University of Liverpool, UK aims to adapt the World Health Organization’s Thinking Healthy Programme (THP) for perinatal depression in Nepal and evaluate its effectiveness in treating perinatal depression and promoting maternal wellbeing.


  1. To culturally adapt peer delivered THP in Nepali context
  2. To test feasibility and acceptability of the adapted THP
  3. To generate evidence on the effectiveness of the THP intervention in treating perinatal depression

Target group:

  • Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs)
  • Pregnant and Postnatal women
  • Professionals from various I/NGOs, and health institutions.

Implementation area: TBD

Time frame: 2021-2023

Supported by: University of Liverpool, UK

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