CPAR Uganda Ltd is participating in a two-year (2016-2017) research and advocacy project on tuberculosis (TB) code-named: “Tuberculosis: Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE),” and is funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP) through the University of St. Andrews.

We are in 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. Norah Owaraga, our 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 it is planned that the one-on-one interviews shall be conducted are: Buhweju, Kabale, Hoima, Kasese, Kyenjonjo, Rakai, Kampala, Mubende, Nakasongola, Iganga, Kamuli, Pallisa, Tororo, Soroti, Moroto, Gulu, Lira, Arua, Moyo, and Nebbi

  • 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 are planned to be conducted in nine districts – one in each district in the following districts: Buhweju, Kasese, Rakai, Kampala, Kamuli, Pallisa, Soroti, Lira and Moyo. These nine districts are located in nine different regions of Uganda.

In close collaboration with our fellow TWENDE consortium partners, we 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.
  • Sponsor policy dialogue workshops. Funding permitting, we 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 and Mbarara for Western Uganda

To understand our theory of change that informs our TWENDE project, click here and read some more.

Photo: A strategy session of members of CPAR Uganda Ltd.

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