Research and Innovation

2. Digital Agripreneurship Innovation to Enhance Post-Pandemic Resilience Among Refugee Women and Youth in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Uganda

Overview: The overall goal of the proposed Digital Agripreneurship study is to enhance post-pandemic resilience among 240 refugee women and youth (15-35 years) in Nakivale refugee settlement through a Digital Agripreneurship innovation that includes digital and agripreneurship capacity building, access to modern digital agriculture information, and start-up capacity in form...

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Multi-morbidity in Uganda Research Capacity Initiative (MURCI) at Mbarara University of Science and Technology

The MURCI has three Specific Aims: AIM 1: Develop expertise on multi-morbidity for junior faculty in Uganda AIM 2: Train junior faculty to measure determinants and consequences of the regional, social, behavioral, and environmental risk factors for multi-morbidity. AIM 3: Develop laboratory capacity for translational and clinical research on multimorbidity

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Resistance testing versus adherence support for management of patients with virologic failure on first-line antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa (REVAMP)

The REVAMP study was an open-label, randomized controlled trial conducted in Uganda and South Africa which was conducted from 2016-2020. The study enrolled 840 people living with HIV on first-line antiretroviral therapy, who were failing treatment with a recent viral load >1,000 copies/milliliter (mL). Eligible participants were randomized to the...

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Using a mobile phone-based multimedia technology to support maternal health in rural southwestern Uganda

The overall goal of the MatHealth project is to improve maternal health using a mobile phone-based multimedia application among illiterate women in rural southwestern Uganda. The study develops a theoretically founded and empirically validated conceptual framework demonstrating the initial acceptability and feasibility of the optimal multimedia prototype to support maternal...

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Real-time Tuberculosis Medication Adherence Intervention in Rural Southwestern Uganda

Overview. This main goal of this study is to investigate the use of real time adherence monitoring technology linked with SMS reminders and notifications for TB medication adherence in rural southwestern Uganda. We carry out a formative qualitative study to assess barriers and facilitators to TB medication adherence; identify optimal...

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Using Mobile Technologies to prevent Vulnerable Mothers from COVID-19 in Rural Southwestern Uganda

Overview. The current COVID-19 awareness campaigns and prevention messages used in Uganda may not be easily  accessible and understood by illiterate poor mothers due to lack of television sets where multimedia messages demonstrating COVID-19 prevention strategies (e.g. proper hand washing, coughing) are currently disseminated. Moreover, these messages are disseminated in...

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My Mobile Wallet: An Intervention to Support Access to Tuberculosis Care and Medication Adherence in Rural Uganda

Overview: This study develops My Mobile Wallet—a behavioral and economic intervention to support tuberculosis (TB) treatment adherence among 327 TB patients initiating treatment at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda. We will first determine the optimal design and develop the My Mobile Wallet intervention and assess its initial feasibility and...

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Patient-centered mobile technology interventions to improve maternal health in Uganda (M-Health)

Overview: Antenatal care (ANC) is a mainstay of preventing maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality but utilization of these services in Uganda remains low. Consequently, maternal and perinatal mortality rates are among the highest in the world. Short message service (SMS) and other mobile health (mHealth) interventions have been proposed...

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