Suubi4her is a 5 year project that is being implemented in greater Masaka region in the districts of Masaka, Kyotera, Kalungu and Lwengo targeting 1,142 secondary school girls 14-17 years in 40 secondary schools. It will be undertaken by Washington University in St Louis, School of Social Work and International Centre for Child Health and Development (ICHAD). The principle investigator is Prof Fred Ssewamala, a professor at Washing University in St Louis and Director of ICHAD.
Reach The Youth Uganda (RTY) is the main implementing partner responsible for managing the income generating activity (IGA) training component. Other partners are Masaka Catholic Diocese and Rakai Health Services Programme (RHSP). This component is implemented with support of government extension workers (agriculture and animal husbandry).
As part of the intervention, the project trains study participants and their caregivers to spur study participants with support of the families to start family based IGAs that will eventually generate income so as to enable them eke a living while saving some of the proceeds from IGAs in their bank accounts.
Findings from this study may help to inform efforts to reduce HIV infection and transmission rates, and improve overall health, mental health and education outcomes for older adolescent girls in Uganda, and possibly more broadly in low-resource countries in SSA and other regions that have been devastated by HIV/AIDS.