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Community beliefs, HIV stigma, and depression among adolescents living with HIV in rural Uganda

September 16, 2019

With antiretroviral therapy (ART) readily available, many perinatally infected youth are reaching adolescents. This qualitative study in Uganda asked some important questions about the psychosocial support that adolescents living with HIV receive and the impact that it has on their mental health and HIV treatment outcomes. Youth reported adversities such as negative community perceptions (perceived… View Article

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INSPIREd Faith Communities: Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence

September 5, 2019

The International Consortium on Nurturing Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence Against Children was convened to discuss the role of religious communities in challenging cultural and social norms that condone violence and share good practices from religious communities and civil society organizations that help prevent and address violence against children… View Article

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Psychosocial Support: Facilitating Psychosocial Wellbeing and Social and Emotional Learning

August 13, 2019

The purpose of the INEE Guidance Note on Psychosocial Support is to clarify the importance of supporting the psychosocial wellbeing of children and youth, and to offer specific strategies for how to incorporate psychosocial support (PSS) into education responses. This resource addresses a gap in the tools that are currently available to educators and professionals… View Article

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Supervision of Task-Shared Mental Health Care in Low-Resource Settings: A Commentary on Programmatic Experience

June 27, 2019

In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and other low-resource settings, 75% of people in need of treatment for mental disorders never receive care. Few health systems in LMICs can rely exclusively on specialists to deliver mental health interventions. One promising approach has been to deliver psychosocial or pharmacological services via task sharing. Task sharing is… View Article

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Cell Phone Counseling Improves Retention of Mothers With HIV Infection in Care and Infant HIV Testing in Kisumu, Kenya: A Randomized Controlled Study

June 27, 2019

While studies have looked at the effectiveness of cell phones in delivering short reminders and messages to improve health care, this study evaluated the effectiveness of a structured cell phone counseling intervention, informed by behavioral theory and delivered by trained counselors. The counseling was designed to improve maternal retention in care until 14 weeks after… View Article

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Communicating with children about life-threatening conditions

June 18, 2019

This two-paper Series summarizes the available evidence on communication with children about their own life-threatening disease and about a life-threatening disease in a parent. The effects on emotional, behavioral, and social outcomes, illness-related factors, and barriers and challenges to communication are summarized. Children’s developmental stages of understanding illness and death are highlighted as important background… View Article

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Randomized controlled trial of a home-visiting intervention on infant cognitive development in peri-urban South Africa

June 12, 2019

The purpose of this study was to examine whether a home visiting intervention had the same affect on improving caregiving quality with mothers who expressed a depressed mood at birth. Mothers were randomly assigned to home visiting or standard postnatal care and their interaction with children was assessed three years post-partum. Findings showed that home… View Article

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Task-shifted interventions for depression delivered by lay primary health-care workers in low-income and middle-income countries

May 17, 2019

As we think more and more about how to integrate mental health support in OVC programs, the results of a cluster-randomised trial in Nigeria showed that task-shifted interventions delivered by lay health workers were associated with remission in more than three-quarters of patients with moderate to severe depression. The two interventions they tried were: Fully… View Article

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Multiplication effect of sequencing life skills and social asset interventions

May 1, 2019

Through the DREAMS partnership in Lesotho, four organizations provide a core package of services and ensure that all enrolled adolescent girls and young women receive all services. Through CRS, the 4Children program is responsible for three linked elements: building social assets, strengthening families through social protection, strengthening families through positive parenting. These interventions are overlapping… View Article

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Building trust and mutual respect: strengthening families through the Rethabile “happy together” parenting program

May 1, 2019

The Rethabile positive parenting activity is being run by 4Children Lesotho with caregivers and teens ages 9 to 24 for the purpose of reducing harsh parenting practices (i.e., violence) and improving positive parenting practices. By promoting adult–child communication around topics such as HIV and AIDS prevention, and exploring models of family-focused violence prevention and support,… View Article

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