Healthy Child Uganda

In sub-Saharan Africa, many children die from diarrhea, acute respiratory illness and malaria, despite the fact that there are well recognized, inexpensive and highly effective treatments for these ailments. Healthy Child Uganda (HCU), a Ugandan-Canadian partnership, has been operating a village health volunteer program in 175 rural villages since 2003. Volunteers are selected by peers and provide health education and refer sick children. Volunteer retention has been remarkable (94%) and resulted in a significant decrease in child mortality.

This grant will allow HCU to pilot test the delivery of oral rehydration salts/zinc (ORS/Zn) for treating diarrhea, antibiotics for treating acute respiratory illness and antimalarials through village health volunteers. Selected village health volunteers will be trained in integrated community case management (ICCM), as this service is called, and provided with the necessary supplies. Quantitative and qualitative methods (household surveys, focus groups) will be used to assess pre and post intervention differences, and differences between intervention and control populations.

A short course on research techniques and small research awards (approximately $3 000 each) will be offered to groups interested in investigating additional questions concerning the acceptability, performance, sustainability and cost of the program. The results will be used to formulate best practice guidelines, and inform national and regional policymakers.

Project ID

105957

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

End Date

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Cohen, Marc

Total funding

CA$ 306,200

Countries

North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Uganda

Program

Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Carolyn Pim

Project Leader

Jennifer Brenner

Institution

Governors of The University of Calgary

Institution Country

Canada

Institution Website

http://www.ucalgary.ca

Project Leader

Celestine Barigye

Project Leader

Samuel Maling

Institution

Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Institution Country

Uganda

Institution Website

http://www.must.ac.ug