The study consists of several phases: phases 1 and 2 are now complete.
Phase 1: Developing the intervention strategy
Phase 2: Developing the educational materials, January-November 2017
- Train midwives about household air pollution and impacts on mothers and their babies
- Develop materials with midwives and nurses involved in the care of pregnant women
- Field testing of materials and address the issues arising
- Review of training material by experts
- Submit for Ministry of Health approval
Phase 3: Deliver the intervention, February-April 2018
- Conduct health education sessions during antenatal clinics
- Conduct health education sessions for community health workers (VHTs)
Phase 4: Evaluation of intervention, February-April 2018
- Evaluation of intervention on the trained midwives, VHTs, and households/women who received it in the community using pre- and post- questionnaires
- Qualitative information using focus group discussions with stakeholders, including midwives; VHTs; and people in the community
Visit to Kampala and Jinja, Uganda November 2017
We visited clinics in Lonyoro and Busede to meet with midwives and observe them teaching in their pantenatal clinics.
These were very lively events, with great teaching and lots of participation from the audience of pregnant and postnatal women.
Feedback was obtained and suggestions for improvement of the materials were noted. After two intense but wonderful days in the villages, we had a meeting to finalise all plans for the remainder of the project – including the evaluation process, forms and reports to be completed.
It is anticipated that all reports will be completed on schedule by June 2018, and papers will be submitted by the end of August 2018.A film will also be made of the project, which will be due out early in 2018.Finally, we returned to Kampala for meetings and to celebrate the Makerere Lung Institute's second birthday.