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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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Examining the relationship of social support and family cohesion on ART adherence among HIV-positive adolescents in southern Uganda: baseline findings

February 19, 2019

While evidence supports the importance of social support for ART adherence in adults, less is known about the relationship between social support and family cohesion in adolescent adherence. Using data from a five-year randomized clinical trial in southern Uganda and self reports from 702 clients in 39 clinics, this study measured social support, family cohesion and… View Article

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Disclosure of HIV Status Toolkit for Pediatric and Adolescent Populations

February 5, 2019

This toolkit was designed to give general guidance to health care workers in disclosure of HIV status with pediatric and adolescent populations. The document contains tools to build the capacities of health care staff, caregivers, and pediatric/adolescent partners themselves, to deliver successful and informed disclosure. Job aids include guidance and checklists for a variety of audiences… View Article

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Adolescent Treatment Literacy Guide For Use in Support Group Settings

January 11, 2019

The Adolescent Treatment Literacy Guide was developed to help adolescents understand HIV, antiretroviral (ARV) regimens, and the importance of adherence to HIV care and treatment. The guide also aims to help adolescents understand the importance of taking control of their lives, set life goals, and achieve their full potential alongside management of this chronic condition…. View Article

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