Monday, 1 August 2016

For those who wish to deposit their funds below is the account number

Account Name- SOCIETY FOR PRE AND POST NATAL SERVICES (SPANS)
Account number- 9140000003300
Bank Name- Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe Limited
Swift Code- SBICZWHXAXXX
Branch Name- Samora Machel Branch
Branch code- 3115
Society for Pre and Post Natal Services
PVO 12/2015

Concept Note

ORGANISERS OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH IN AFRICA

Society for Pre and Post Natal Services (SPANS) is a non-profit, private voluntary (PVO 12/2015), supporting the National Health Strategy (NHS) of the Republic of Zimbabwe (ROZ) Minister of Health and Child Care, To improve pre and post-natal mental health services and Solve social problems/ issues that affect mental health in pre and post-natal care.

International Conference on Maternal Mental Health in Africa (ICAMMHA) is an activity for Society For Pre and Post Natal Services (SPANS) which seeks to provide a strategic platform for interaction, sharing experiences, fostering innovative thinking and encourage mental illness prevention across the life cycle, with a robust beginning in the pre and post natal phase of life, which is an essential dimension of the paradigm shift that’s will enhance emotionally health living, access to care, improving maternal health and reducing child mortality, quality and affordability and reduce shame, stigma and discrimination towards a happier, healthier, wealthier lifestyle and emotional relief and personal growth for individuals, couples and families.

Research shows that In Zimbabwe, maternal mortality rate is still very high as it stands at 614 per 100 000. The current 300 000 women who die annually while giving birth and an estimated three million children who die within the first four weeks of their birth globally, are a far cry from the Millennium Development Goals Number Four and Five of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

ICAMMHA will be the best platform for interactions and presentations of findings and best practices to solve emotional and psychological distress emerged before, during and after pregnancy which is very crucial in the upbringing of emotionally health child, father and mother.
ICAMMHA serves as the regional conference across Africa to unit mental health practitioners, donors, researchers, scientists, cooperate world, activists and families all over the world to pool together their knowledge and resources in an effort to stop the great suffering of several emotional and psychological traumas and their effects on humanity thus improving maternal health.
Life occurs within the context of many realities of upsetting personal and family conflicts which include divorce, separation, domestic violence, unplanned pregnancies, early marriages, sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, failure in life and unmet needs and so on. These affect people across the life-span, from childhood to old age. They cause great suffering and have many negative implications on women's maternal health, social health threat to communities and pose danger to our community health thereby destabilizing the economic health of the nations as well as that of their children and families. By adequately addressing emotional and psychological distress for couples and families all sectors of the society will benefit.

The benefits will include well-functioning families, breaking vicious cycles of poverty, decrease dependency syndrome, families’ resilience to stress, self-understanding, self-esteem, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health, development with communities and peace of mind.
Mental health issues is not solved in isolation and often requires a person with an executive power (decision making) to intervene on the behalf of the potential client in our community context this executive power is often a male figure. By default women are in the fall front because we are talking about issues of pregnancy. However, man plays a pivotal role. Women can develop a mental instability before, during pregnancy and labor and after birth and during breastfeeding or within the first year after having a baby.

The key Objectives of ICAMMHA
1) To improve pre and post-natal mental health services
2) Solve social problems/ issues that affect mental health in pre and post-natal care
3) Document lessons learnt and advice for the program implementation

Expected Outcomes
1) Fathers, Mothers and Child are healthier, happier, less stressed and more rested and thus improving maternal health and reducing child mortality.
2) Health communities
3) Strong family unit
4) Increased well-being
5) Sensitization of the general populace on the importance of pre and post mental health
6) The entire family benefit from peace of mind and emotional relief
7) The mobilization and participation of all international experts from different disciples coming together for a common cause, promote the multi-sectorial approaches to address maternal mental health.
8) Well- functioning individuals, couples, and family able to cope very well with troubling life dilemmas.

Expected Participants
1) Mental Health professionals (Family Therapist, Counsellors, Sociologist, psychologist, Social workers, Doctors, Nurse, Psychiatrics, etc)
2) Representatives from Civic Society Organizations,
3) Churches/ Community Based Organizations
4) Representatives from the Cooperate world
5) Donor Community
6) UN Agencies
7) Government Ministries( Ministry of Health and child Care, Ministry of Women Gender and Community Development, Ministry of education, Affairs, Ministry of Public Services Labor and Social Services etc
8) Family members
9) International Mental Health Organizations
10) The general public
Programme Overview
The Conference consists of a 6 (six) day program including invited:
1) Non- Abstract Driven Sessions
a) Plenary Sessions- mainly for those well respected delegates
b) Symposia- address critical upsetting issues on maternal mental health, sharing of experiences and speakers

2) Abstract- Driven Sessions
a) Oral presentations- power point presentations from different selected topics supporting the theme. These will be facilitated by experts with the chairs
b) Poster Exhibition- selected topics will be displayed for one day per individual and authors will stand by their poster to give full explanation on their findings.
Program activities
1) Invited Local, international organizations, groups and individuals will display work complimenting research.
2) Roundtable discussions, Learning sessions and panel debates and lectures
Society for Pre and Post Natal Services

PVO 12/2015

SYMPOSIUM 2016 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Society for Pre and Post Natal Services

1st International conference on Maternal Mental Health in Africa

Harare Zimbabwe, 12th-16th of December 2016

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The International conference is an event which brings together beneficiaries, practitioners, researchers, academics, financiers and policy makers from the region and beyond to learn, exhibit, debate, exchange information and fostering innovative thinking and encourage mental instability prevention across the life cycle, with specific emphasis on pre and post- natal phase of life in Africa.

THEME: "MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH, OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY: NEW INFORMED UNDERSTANDING, HOPE, AND A BRIGHTER FUTURE"

SUB-THEMES:
1. Prevention and control of crucial upsetting life events and crucial family events/conflicts to promote the well-being of women, men and children.
2. Innovation and excellence in managing emotional and psychological distress in perinatal and post- natal period and male Involvement.
3. Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Based Violence
4. Infant, child and Adolescent mental health
5. Maternal mental Health and Disability
6. Prevention and control of Communicable and Non - Communicable diseases including Mental Health and Nutrition
7. Prevention, assessment, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression and other mood disorders.
8. Reduction in shame, stigma and discrimination


SUBMISSION INFORMATION
1. Deadline:
The deadline for submissions is 29 August 2016 at 12 midnights South African Time.
2. Submission Limit:
There are no restrictions on the number of submissions you may submit, but a person may only be designated as presenter on a maximum of two submissions.
3. Language: Abstracts must be submitted in English.
4. Word Limit: The abstract should not exceed 300 words
5. Notification: Presenting authors will be notified if their abstracts are accepted by the end of 15 October 2016 together with further details and instructions for oral and poster presentation.
6. Registration: Authors whose abstracts have been accepted must register for the Conference and pay the registration fees by 29 November 2016.
7. Presenter: Only the name of the presenting author will appear in the final Conference program
9. List of Authors and their email addresses:
10. Institutions/Affiliations: Enter names and institutional affiliations for all author(s)
11. Underline the presenting author and provide his/her email address
12. Font and Format: All abstracts to be in Times Roman font size 12, and in MS Word format (Do not save in PDF format).
13. Body: Abstract body is divided into the following sections:
a. Background &Objectives
b. Methods - indicate the location, number and type of participants, design of the study, the data collection instrument and method of data analysis.
c. Results - the main findings and results should be reported
d. Conclusions - state the main conclusions of the study, the significance of the results and how the results may affect client management, or understanding of the situation.
e. Contacts of corresponding author
14. Content: Allocation to oral or poster presentation will depend on completeness and quality of the study.
15. Presentation Type and Category: Indicate your preferred presentation type and category for your submission.
16. Presentation at Conference: The time allocated for each oral presentation will be 10 minutes. There will be 5 additional minutes for questions and discussion.

17. Proof Reading: Make sure all special characters and formatting are done properly
18. Complete all the required sections or your abstract and email to: lmuvhu@gmail.com
19. Notifications:
Acknowledgement letters will be emailed to you not later than 24hrs.

Conference Organizer Society for Pre and Post Natal Services Telephone: + 263 715521063 Email: lmuvhu@gmail.com

Conferences Fees
Delegates Local/ International USD 200.00
Local/ International student USD 150.00
Institution/ Co-operate world who wish to showcase their work and research or to run Symposia USD 1000.00

The conference fees include the Book of Abstracts, certificate of Merit, T/Shirts/ Conference Bag. An additional USD 30 will be charged for all late registrations.

About the organization
Society for Pre and Post Natal Services (SPANS) is a non-profit, private voluntary (PVO 12/2015), supporting the National Health Strategy (NHS) of the Republic of Zimbabwe (ROZ) Minister of Health and Child Care. The Mission of the organization is to be strategically positioned and to provide an effective clinical practice of family therapy, counselling and education, thereby improving quality of life locally, nationally, regionally and globally. The Vision is to “ensure a healthy and well-functioning society with reproductive strata which is able to cope with challenges relating to social issues, relationship building, marriage, child bearing and care”.

Further Information
For any queries or additional information contact our Team Leader Linos Muvhu on email: lmuvhu@gmail.com, cell +263 733 237837. Or whatsapp at +263 715521063 and

 Phillip Chigora at phillipchigora@gmail.com, cell +263 772 907 336
How are you? Thanks for your encouraging responds and find more interest in this very important conference.

Below are the requirements 

THEME: "MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH, OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY: NEW INFORMED UNDERSTANDING, HOPE, AND A BRIGHTER FUTURE"

SUB-THEMES:
1. Prevention and control of crucial upsetting life events and crucial family events/conflicts to promote the well-being of women, men and children.
2. Innovation and excellence in managing emotional and psychological distress in perinatal and post- natal period and male Involvement.
3. Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Based Violence
4. Infant, child and Adolescent mental health
5. Maternal mental Health and Disability
6. Prevention and control of Communicable and Non - Communicable diseases including Mental
7. Prevention, assessment, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression and other mood disorders.
8. Reduction in shame, stigma and discrimination

The key Objectives of ICAMMHA
1) To improve pre and post-natal mental health services
2) Solve social problems/ issues that affect mental health in pre and post-natal care
3) Document lessons learnt and advice for the program implementation

Venue: Tentative the ICAMMHA Harare, Zimbabwe at Cresta lodge.

Any funding for the abstracts, I want to assure you that we are going to have a Donor Conference anytime soon and the issue of funding abstract is on the agenda, but for now we haven't have any donor for that. If you views pertaining to this you are welcome.

The organisation is using two facebook page one for Society for Pre and Post Natal Services and it's alliance (Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition alliance). we hope to work on the website though we were having a blog: httpp//spansweb.blogspot.com

Regards

Linos and Phillip

Wednesday, 21 January 2015