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Innovative Approaches to
Adolescent Perinatal Wellbeing



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The INSPIRE project is informed by the initial Catalyst project and takes place across two new sites. INSPIRE aims to work with young mothers and other key stakeholders to develop a solution to promote the mental wellbeing of adolescent girls during pregnancy and the year after birth. INSPIRE will marry a human-centred, systems thinking design approach driven by implementation science methods. It is comprised of two phases, solution development and pilot testing.

Where will it take place?

The research will take place in health and community settings in Tete Province, north-west Mozambique and Kilifi County, south-west Kenya.

Who will be invited to take part?

Young mothers (aged 15-19 years), their partners and families, service providers, health systems representatives and community influencers will be invited to take part.

How will the project be carried out?

In Phase 1, interviews, observations and group discussions will be used to identify the challenges, needs, and priorities of these young women using a human-centred design approach.  Through workshops, a priority challenge(s) will be agreed and prototypes co-designed and refined. A systems thinking design approach, driven by implementation science methods will be used to consider the context within which the potential intervention will take place (for example, the availability of existing human, financial and structural resources) to develop delivery strategies for the solution.

In Phase 2, the solution(s) and delivery strategies will be piloted within each country. We will test its feasibility, appropriateness, and acceptability. We will also collect information on mental health wellbeing, the process of implementing the intervention and resource data to prepare for a future trial.

What is the potential impact?

The research will result in the development of an intervention(s) that supports adolescent maternal wellbeing and gives adolescent mothers the hope and skills to build a better life for them and their children. By using human-centred, systems-minded design to understand the needs and priorities of young mothers and the health and community systems in which they live, the intervention(s) developed and the consideration for the context in which they take place mean that there is potential for the intervention to be used beyond Mozambique and Kenya.  


Design Team


Aline Alonso

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Ela Neagu

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HCD Co-Lead



Tom Stables

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Special Interview Series:
With our Principal Investigator Dr Tatiana Salisbury

The less known journey of our principal investigator, and her passion about INSPIRE!

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