Postpartum Depression Kenya (abbreviated PPDKenya) was birthed out of the need to create awareness and reduce the stigma linked to Postpartum Depression (PPD) and other perinatal mood disorders. PPDKenya is based in Nairobi, with operations across the country.
Postpartum Depression is one of the most common perinatal mood disorders that affect women after child birth. According to Postpartum International (PSI), 1 in 7 women will suffer PPD in their lifetime. To bring this closer home, think about seven of your friends who are new moms. It is likely that 1 of the 7 will struggle with PPD.
In Kenya, there are more than 1.5 Million births annually (Statistics from UNICEF). Assuming that most of these births are not multiple births, we can assume that as many as 200,000 women are predisposed to PPD in Kenya alone. These are sobering statistics, and it is this grim reality that informed our vision and mission.
Our vision: A Kenya where moms are more informed about PPD, and have access to support and resources to improve their maternal mental health.
Our mission: To raise awareness and reduce stigma associated with PPD by providing psychosocial support for moms going through PPD.