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Zimbabwe Alliance for Maternal Mental Health (ZAMMH)

The Zimbabwe Alliance currently comprises of three organisations working to improve the mental health of pregnant and postpartum mothers.

  1. The Society for Pre and Post Natal services (SPANS) - who provide education and ongoing supportive family therapy and psychological support to the community.

  2. The RhoNaFlo Foundation - a maternal health organization supporting vulnerable teenage mothers and their babies.

  3. S.A.L.T Africa - working in the field of maternal mental health, suicide prevention, prison rehabilitation and drug and alcohol dependance.





2-5 DECEMBER 2024





“The Future of Perinatal Mental Health in Africa”


We are pleased to invite you to the 3rd International Conference on Maternal Mental Health in Africa (ICAMMHA) to be held in Zimbabwe. ICAMMHA, as a new flagship mental health conference, focuses on innovation in Maternal Mental Health in Africa with emphasis on research and practice. The conference features world-class plenary speeches, distinguished Symposium talks, exhibits, oral and poster sessions, debates, and panels. ICAMMHA is comprised of research papers, special guest speakers, international position papers and best practice abstracts on responses to the call-for-proposals.

We invite high quality abstracts from professional academic, clinical, strategic, and lived experience perspectives on any topics relating to maternal mental health, including the following:

Category 1. Perinatal Mental Health: implementing the WHO “Guide for integration of perinatal mental health in maternal and child health services.”


  • Underlying assumptions and research: mothers, fathers, children, services, policies, societies, economics

  • Current state of services in Africa: maternity, public health, child health, mental health; professional’s attitudes and training; public awareness, stigma, discrimination

  • Models: evaluations, implementation experiences, cultural and economic barriers, and facilitators

  • How to induce large scale change


Category 2. Maternal, infant, and young child mental health and nutrition


o   Multigenerational and intergenerational relationships between mental health and all aspects of development, health, and functioning

o   Mediating and modulating factors and processes

o   Individual, family, and society implications



Category 3.  Interventions


  • Individual, group, social or political interventions in the African context



Category 4. The mediating and modulating role of trauma


  • How common are early adverse experiences and adult traumas in African populations?

  • Sources and types of traumas including Domestic Abuse

  • What do longitudinal prospective studies tell us about what is traumatic to fetuses and babies?

  • Intergenerational early years adversity, maternal mental health, and child outcomes

  • Parental traumas and their outcomes: vulnerabilities, mediation, and modulation

  • The role of nurturing care and relationships

  • Epigenetics

  • Psychoneuroimmunology


Category 5. Maternal Mental Health: everybody’s business?


o   Perinatal and intergenerational mental health

o   How important is this: to individuals, to families, across generations, to society, to nations, to the continent, to the planet?

o   Climate change and its effect on maternal mental health

o   HIV and other diseases and its effect on maternal mental health

o   Is it the fault of the mother or society? Cultural, ethical, and political perspectives

o   Whose responsibility is it to take action, and how?



Category 6. Voice your views


3rd ICAMMHA 2024 is calling for papers for debate, to give conference delegates an opportunity to air their views on a broad range of topics, including the following:

o   Infant, child, and adolescents’ mental health

o   Paternal mental health

o   Maternal mental health and human rights

o   Mental health and the family

o   Stigma and discrimination

o   The role of cultural institutions, e.g. religion and traditional healing

o   Maternal mental health and economic, environmental, political, spiritual, and social context



Key Information: 

Delegates are encouraged to submit more than one abstract if they wish to, however, please submit one abstract per email.


Review Process:


All abstracts will be reviewed and selected based on a definite set of criteria, including:

o   Fit to the category above.

o   Fit to the conference theme.

o   Appropriateness of the content to the format of the conference (oral presentation or poster)

o   Quality of the research/material presented.

o   Potential contribution to policy and practice.


 Submission of Abstracts:


Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts (Up to 300 words) using 1.5 spacing, font 12 New Times Roman.


Submissions should state whether for workshop, symposium, oral or poster and whether for in person or virtual presentation.

Other information:


Abstracts submitted after 31 August 2024 will not be considered.


Key dates:

o   Call for abstracts opens: 24th May 2024.

o   Call for abstracts closes: 31 August 2024 

o   Notification of outcomes: by 15 October 2024

o   Oral and poster presentations: 2-5 December 2024

If you have any questions, please email:


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