Since January 2016, CPAR is implementing a research on Tuberculosis (TB) code-named: “Tuberculosis: Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)” and it is doing so in a consortium with:
- School of Biomedical Sciences of the College of Health Sciences of MUK (Uganda)
- Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kenya)
- Kilimanjaro Research Institute (Tanzania)
- National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) - Mbeya Medical Research Centre (Tanzania)
- East Africa Health Research Commission (EAHRC)
- University of St. Andrews (UK)
TWENDE received approval from the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology and the School of Biomedical Sciences Higher Degrees Research and Ethics Committee of the College of Health Sciences of MUK for the study to be conducted in Uganda.
Ms. Owaraga, the CPAR Managing Director, is the Social Scientist for TWENDE. She is the lead researcher in the collection and analysis of qualitative data for the study. In this capacity she is training and mentoring TWENDE Qualitative Data Investigators, personnel of the TWENDE Consortium Partner Organisations from the three study countries – Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
In Uganda, in addition, Ms. Owaraga is responsible for collecting TWENDE qualitative data through:
• Conducting 224 one-on-one interviews in 20 districts. The persons to be interviewed include Resident District Commissioners, District Chairpersons, Village Chairpersons, District Health Officers, Health Care Facility administrators, Health Personnel, TB patients and TB patient care givers. The 20 districts in which the one-on-one interviews shall be conducted are:
• Carrying out nine focus group discussions (FGDs - 25 persons each). The participants of the FGDs will include district politicians, health personnel, TB patients, TB patient care givers and other village residents. The FGDs will be conducted in nine districts - one in each district in the following districts:
The nine districts in which the FDGs will be conducted are located in nine different regions of Uganda.
CPAR, in close collaboration with its fellow TWENDE Consortium Partner Organisations, will utilise ‘new’ TWENDE data to author and disseminate research reports, academic papers, policy briefs and opinions on diagnosis, treatment and stigma as they relate to TB in Uganda and in East Africa.
CPAR has begun to share TWENDE publications on its website and during the second half of 2017 it will more actively invite the public to electronic discussions on the subject of TB through the CPAR website and CPAR social media sites.
In order to promote further engagement with policy makers and the media on the matter of diagnosis, treatment and stigma related to TB, CPAR in partnership with the GoU Ministry of Health - will sponsor policy dialogue workshops during the second half of 2017.
Funding permitting, CPAR will ideally sponsor four such workshops - one for each of the four big geographical regions of Uganda in the following districts:
- Lira for Northern Uganda
- Kampala for Central Uganda
- Soroti for Eastern Uganda
- Mbarara for Western Uganda
Photo: Ms. Norah Owaraga (in red) in her role as a Radio Political Talk Show Host