Health Outcomes, Progressive Entrepreneurship and Networks
HopeNet is a population based longitudinal social network study in Nyakabare Parish, Rugando Sub-county, Mbarara District. The parish has a population of approximately 5000 people, half of whom are adults. It is comprised of three main components;
Community-wide social network survey: It is aimed at mapping changes in relationships between people and their relationships to health outcomes, behaviors, and attitudes over time.
Livelihood intervention (Randomized controlled trial): It is aimed at measuring the effect of a small scale chicken farming livelihood intervention on economic, health, and social outcomes of participating women and their children.
Water intervention: It is aimed at measuring the effect of clean water intervention on economic, health, and social outcomes of both adults and children. A functional gravity flow scheme comprising of 15 tap stands, 9 rain water harvesting tanks, and 2 shallow wells have been constructed across the parish.
In addition, HopeNet offers free screening for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), HIV and cervical cancer during a five day Health Fair organized in the parish once every two years. It’s aimed at measuring the prevalence and correlates of NCDs and HIV among the Nyakabare population.
Principal Investigators: Alexander Tsai(MGH) and Bernard Kakuhikire (MUST)