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.

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Start Date

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

End Date

Saturday, May 4, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

Cohen, Marc

Total funding

CA$ 306,200


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Uganda


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Carolyn Pim

Project Leader

Jennifer Brenner


Governors of The University of Calgary

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Project Leader

Celestine Barigye

Project Leader

Samuel Maling


Mbarara University of Science and Technology

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