Ask-Boost-Connect-Discuss (ABCD)

Ask-Boost-Connect-Discuss (ABCD) is an adolescent co-developed package of care provided by young peer supporters living with HIV to reduce adolescent maternal depression. It is developed by PATA and the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford as well as adolescent mothers. ABCD for Adolescent Maternal Mental Health is a mobile-enhanced tool adapted from the World Health Organisation, Thinking Healthy Programme.

The mobile Training & mobile Supervision tool (ABCD) will capacitate 70 peer supporters in six Southern African countries to test a mobile app training tool to facilitate improved access to mental health support for adolescent mothers living with HIV. It is anticipated that the tool, after being tested, can be implemented and integrated across Peer Support programmes generally with a focus on improved access to mental health screening and care.

The tool help adolescent and young mothers living with HIV to access basic maternal depression care through: screening (ASK), evidence-based CBT-informed mental health support (BOOST), help with accessing services (CONNECT), and the provision of ongoing supervision and self-care (DISCUSS).


The mental health treatment gap โ€“ estimated 75% in sub-Saharan Africa โ€“ persists due to lack of knowledge and stigma, poor linkages to care, and limited specialist services, especially in contexts of prevalent HIV, poverty and maternal and child mortality.

This Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration will be implemented over 18 months through a network of peer supporters mentored by PATA, in collaboration with an adolescent advisory group, tech developers and in partnership with the joint University of Cape Town-Oxford University team.

COVID-19 Messages of Support:

Heleen Soeters

Not all heroes wear capes. Thank you to all the health providers working on the frontline of this pandemic. You are an inspiration to us all. Your courage and selflessness is an inspiration to us all.

Heleen Soeters

Linda Ndlovu

To our dear frontline health providers: We appreciate your continued dedication and strength. Thank you for putting your best foot forward despite the challenges you may be faced with during this difficult time-not only in your own countries, but the world at large. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Be safe.

Linda Ndlovu

Gillian Makota

Thinking of you our dear Frontline health providers during this COVID -19 crisis. You have our support and heartfelt appreciation. Sending love and virtual hugs to you all.

Gillian Makota

Tammy Sutherns Burdock

Frontline health providers, we salute you during this challenging time. Thank you for being on the frontlines as the first line of defence against COVID-19, putting your own healthcare at risk. We are wishing you all good health and strength during this time.

Tammy Sutherns Burdock

A massive thank you to

A massive thank you to the healthcare professionals around the world placing themselves at massive risk for the lives of others, I don’t think health care workers will ever be looked at the same way again after this crisis! Thank you!

Andrew Burdock

Thank you so very much

Thank you so very much for all that you do. I am standing beside you all of the way.

Corinna Csaky

Dear Frontline health care providers

Dear Frontline health care providers thank you for having the interest of us, making us your priority, risking your lives just to save us during this very challenging times (COVID-19).
We appreciate and love you ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ



Dear healthcare providers,Thank you for

Dear healthcare providers,
Thank you for being so selfless and courageous in serving humanity. You are the heroes of this generation.

Margail Brown

We celebrate you all,our thoughts

We celebrate you all,our thoughts and prayers are with you as you lead the charge from the front. Asante!


Your love towards mankind is

Your love towards mankind is priceless. I personally thank you so much our dear Health Workers from the deepest deep of my heart. Your sacrifice has surpassed the expected love that one has for another. We love you so much! Stay safe!

Blessings Banda

To frontline health providers:Life is

To frontline health providers:Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans to serve lives we recognise your hard work during this COVID19 pandemic.

It is not how much you do โ€“ it is how much love you put into doing it.

Phakamani Moyo

To all those wonderful frontline

To all those wonderful frontline healthworkers who are risking their own health to help others, you are the unsung heroes and we are truly grateful for you dedication

Linda Whitby

I thank you for the

I thank you for the bravery of helping the world in the fight against COVID-19. For that I say thank you all those that are on the frontline – we will continue praying for everyone of you God be with you all.

Cephas Nkandu

Thank you for not staying

Thank you for not staying at home to keep us safe.

We will stay at home and keep safe to show our appreciation.

May you always be blessed .

Ketina Chikwanda

A BIG thank you to

A BIG thank you to all health workers and frontline staff for your support during this pandemic. May God bless you abundantly.

Natsayi Kunene

COVID 2019 came as a

COVID-19 came as a surprise globally but if we put our heads together we can control it. COVID-19 is real let’s stay at home!

Spiwe Gumbo

Thank you for the incredible

Thank you for the incredible work you are all doing to support young people during this difficult time. Stay well.


You have been our heroes

You have been our heroes and you have been supporting us
You deserve to be honoured
Words cannot express how much we adore you
Thank you health care providers

Grace Ngulube

You have inspired us in

You have inspired us in these trying times. Indeed you are a blessing to humanity.

Kenan Ngambi

No words sisters and brothers

No words sisters and brothers can describe how grateful I personally am for your care, skills and for putting other people ahead of your own health and safety. May God bless you and your families infinitely. You keep us alive and going. Youโ€™re our heroes!!

Georgina Caswell

We really need support to

We really need support to our adolescents in this hard times. With the impact of the coronavirus, more services are being suspended including Viral Load and Teen Club sessions, however we need them to live positively during these hard times and we should give them all the support. We need them to get COVID-19 health services as soon as possible. We need them to have continued and fair service delivery of their ART. We need them to not default in their treatment. We need them receive enough SUPPORT.

Charles k Phiri

People who are affected by

People who are affected by COVID-19 have not done anything wrong, and they deserve our support, compassion and kindness. It is normal to feel sad, distressed, worried, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. However, remember time heals everything. We have COVID-19 today but we will not have it forever. Be positive but most importantly, Stay healthy, Stay Safe.

Mark Francis Chalamanda

Thank you! Asante! Merci! Obrigado!

Thank you! Asante! Merci! Obrigado! Shukran! Grazie! Enkosi! Ngiyabonga! to all our amazing health care workers and everyone else that is on the front line! Thank you for your humanity and putting us all before yourselves.

Saima Jiwan