Need Assessment for Health Education Service Provision on Maternal Depression among Primary Health Care Service Providers

  • Adeyinka Olufolake Adefolarin
  • Oyedunni S Arulogun


Need assessment for health education service provision on maternal depression becomes necessary to address the silence on maternal depression in the Primary Health Care (PHC) health education service provision. Maternal depression is gradually becoming a prevailing condition among women of reproductive age in Nigeria. Therefore, this study assessed the needs of PHC workers to be able to address maternal depression in their routine health talk. This study is descriptive in design and it adopted a mixed method. It was carried out among PHC health workers from the Comprehensive Clinics (CC) in the 4 Local Government Area (LGAs) in Ibadan metropolis. Fourkey Health Workers (HWs) were purposively selected from the PHCs for Key Informant Interview (KII) and 100 HWs were conveniently drawn for a survey from all the CCs in the 5 LGAs. Structured questionnaires developed from the KII guide responses were administered among the survey respondents. Data were analyzed thematically and with descriptive statistics. The age category of the Key Informants ranged from 52-56years. Almost half of the survey respondents were in the age range of 41-50 years. Key informant interviewees identified HWs’ inability to communicate maternal depression to the service users in local terms and non-availability of educational aid materials. Survey respondents identified need for training (88%), education aid materials (62%), maternal depression health education guide (28%) and need for more staff (22%). Need for trainingon health talk service delivery on maternal depression and Information, Education and Communication materials were the primary identified needs.


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