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TWENDE Qualitative Data Collection in Progress in Uganda


Qualitative data collection by CPAR Uganda Ltd (CPAR) has intensified for the University of St. Andrews led empirical research and advocacy study project code named: “Tuberculosis: Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)” that is funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

It is planned that CPAR shall collect qualitative data for TWENDE from all cultural regions of Uganda. CPAR has defined Uganda’s distinct cultural regions as follows:

  • South-Western (Banyankole, Bahororo, Bakiga, Banyarwanda, Bafumbira) covering the 14 districts of Buhweju, Bushenyi, Ibanda, Isingiro, Kabale, Kanungu, Kiruhura, Kisoro, Mbarara, Mitooma, Ntungamo, Rubirizi, Rukungiri and Sheema.
  • Western (Bakonzo, Baamba, Batooro, Banyoro) covering the 12 districts of Buliisa, Bundibugyo, Hoima, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kasese, Kibaale, Kiryandongo, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Masindi and Ntoroko.
  • South Central (Baganda) covering the 11 districts of Bukomansimbi, Butambala, Gomba, Kalangala, Kalungu, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Masaka, Mpigi, Rakai and Sembabule.
  • Central (Baganda) covering the 13 districts of Buikwe, Buvuma, Kampala, Kayunga, Kiboga, Kyankwanzi, Luweero, Mubende, Mukono, Nakaseke, Nakasongola and Wakiso.
  • East Central (Basoga and Bagwere) covering the 10 districts of Bugiri, Buyende, Iganga, Jinja, Kaliro, Kamuli, Luuka, Mayuge, Namayingo and Namutumba.
  • Eastern (Basamia-Bagwe, Bagwere, Banyole, Bagisu, Jopadhola, Sabiny and Iteso) covering the 14 districts of Budaka, Bududa, Bukwo, Bulambuli, Busia, Butaleja, Kapchorwa, Kibuuk, Kween, Manafwa, Mbale, Pallisa, Sironko and Tororo.
  • North-Eastern (Iteso, Kumam and Karimojong) covering the 15 districts of Amuria, Bukedea, Kaberamaido, Katakwi, Kumi, Ngora, Serere, Soroti, Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, and Napak.
  • Northern (Acholi and Langi) covering the 15 districts of Agago, Alebtong, Amolator, Amuru, Apac, Dokolo, Gulu, Kitgum, Kole, Lamwo, Lira, Nwoya, Otuke, Oyam and Pader.
  • West Nile (Alur, Kakwa, Nubi, Lugbara, Madi, Metu and Okebu) covering the nine districts of Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Yumbe and Zombo.

As of 1st July 2017, CPAR had fully or partially collected qualitative data for TWENDE from the following regions: Western, Central, East Central, Eastern and Northern. The data CPAR collected from nine districts from a total of 133 participants, of whom 62 it interviewed and 71 participated in three focus group discussions.

Gender participation in interviews is skewed in favour of men; 69 percent of the interview participants so far are men and only 31 are women. This is reflection of the current gender imbalance in those holding political office and in the civil service at the level of District Local Governments; and who are among the primary targets as the participants of the TWENDE study.

In order to reduce the gender imbalance among study participants, CPAR is strengthening the female voice through gender biased selection of focus group discussion participants in favour of women. For the focus group discussions so far conducted, 61 percent are women and 39 percent are men; and thus overall, 47 percent of the study participants so far are women and 53 percent are men.

Qualitative data collection for the TWENDE study in Uganda that is being done by CPAR is on-going and it is hoped will be completed by the end of July 2017. Read more about TWENDE Qualitative Research Investigations in Uganda here

Ms. Norah Owaraga, CPAR Managing Director, is the Social Scientist for TWENDE and in that capacity she is taking the lead in guiding qualitative investigation for the TWENDE project. She is the author of this progress report.

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Tuberculosis: Working to Empower the Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)
Disclaimer: This is among the products of the TWENDE project that is part of the EDCTP2 programme supported by the European Union.  Whereas, the EDCTP Association and the European Union provided funding for the TWENDE Project, the views herein expressed are not necessarily those of the EDCTP Association or those of the European Union.