Research Projects

Using church based health education to improve slum health outcomes

IHSU is starting a one year project focused on health Education of Kibuli community members. This is a follow- up of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child deaths project which focused. Limitations on knowledge and Education about maternal and child healthcare as well as health-seeking behaviours came out strongly as one on the causes of deaths of mothers and children in Kibuli Parish, Makindye-Kampala.

Project Goal:
To improve the knowledge base of Kibuli slum inhabitants through church-based Health Education

Project description:
The project which is expected to roll out in January 2014 will be aimed at increasing the knowledge of slum inhabitants through church-based health education initiatives. The focus will be on community health Education through the church institutions in Kibuli Parish. Kibuli parish is one of the 21 parishes in Makindye with a population of about 33,000 people and the major portion of it slum. There are 20 Pentecostal churches in Kibuli that have been identified which will be involved in the project.
The project will involve training of up to 50 community volunteers from the different churches to conduct health education and health promotion activities within their churches and the general community. This training will incorporate the bible teachings with the existing Health Education knowledge. Aside from this, International Health Sciences University’s wealth of health workers will conduct community outreaches as well as stage educative plays or skits within the community over a period of six months. These activities will consequently help to increase the health knowledge within the community and contribute to the reduction in maternal and child mortality in Kibuli and Uganda as a whole.

Contact people: Ms Florence Nakaggwa, Ms Nargis Shirazi and Dr. Nick Wooding

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