Social issue: Amongst its programs, St Francis runs a Child rehabilitation center (Omoana House); this is a center where HIV positive children whose health has been compromised and in stage 3 and 4 of HIV/AIDS are rehabilitated and afterwards reintegrated with their families when their health has stabilized.
The goal of Omoana center is to improve health outcomes for HIV & AIDS Positive or malnourished children, through provision of Anti-Retroviral Therapy, nutritional, psychosocial support, training the care takers and then re-integration of these once they are back to their health. To date, the home has rehabilitated and reintegrated 288 children.
Impact of project on the community (Community engagement): This research is very key in generating data that will inform St. Francis team in understanding the impact of the Omoana program, including the factors that are affecting the program and how it can improve in future. St Francis staff and all stakeholders should be able to understand the areas that need to be improved to better the effectiveness of the child rehabilitation program at the organization and in the community.
Research project description: This study will establish the impact of the Omoana child rehabilitation program and the factors that hinder the effectiveness of this program both at St Francis health care services and in the community. The findings will be very key in generating data that will inform St. Francis team in understanding the impact of the Omoana program, including the factors that are affecting the program and how St. Francis can improve in future.
Approach and Methodology:
Approach: St Francis proposes to employ a participatory approach that will involve a host of key stakeholders. These are expected to be information-rich respondents. They will include among others; medical team, social workers, child counsellors, children, parents and care takers of the children, selected stakeholders, Village Health Team members, as well as community members.
Evaluation Methods: This evaluation will use both qualitative methods with quantitative aspects. The methods will include desk review (Data review), technical audits; key informant interviews for selected stakeholders and Focus Group Discussions with care takers and parents, Children, Community health workers linked to the program including the st Francis team. Below is a methodology matrix to guide data collection.
Student Profile: The student should have a background in research methodologies with a passion for community engagement. It is preferred that the student has a interest in health and working at a healthy facility as well as working in the community; ready to learn more about public health.
Community Partner Description
St. Francis Health Care Services supports over 10,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and orphans and other vulnerable persons including grandmothers with several initiatives such as, medical care, economic empowerment, food security, family strengthening, child protection, psychosocial support, maternal child health and educational support among others. Read more about St Francis Health care
Location: Jinja, Uganda
Research Topic: HIV/AIDS Management in Positive Children
Partner Organization: FSD - Uganda
Community Partner: St. Francis Health Care services.
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