The ‘ABCD’ of thinking healthy

The ‘ABCD’ of thinking healthy

ABCD was conceptualised as a package of care to improve access to maternal depression support provided by young peer supporters living with HIV. The tool is an adaptation from the evidence-based World Health Organization (WHO) Thinking Healthy Program. This program is a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-based intervention, designed for delivery by non-specialists in low- and middle-income contexts, with proven impact on maternal depression (Rahman, 2008).

The ABCD tool addresses the psychosocial needs of young mothers living with HIV across four domains: (ASK) assessing psychosocial needs of young mothers, (BOOST) cognitive behavioural therapy group sessions based on WHO ‘Thin