Research Projects

African Center for Collaborative Child Mental Health Implementation Research (ACCCR)

Principal Investigator: Mary McKay
This study initiates a global, trans-disciplinary Center focused on reducing child mental health service and research gaps. This ambitious goal will be addressed via a research consortium of academic, government, NGO and community stakeholders in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and South Africa, who together have diverse and extensive expertise in regards to the well-being of children in the Sub-Saharan African context. In addition to establishing global partnerships, the ACCCR includes provisions for a major scale up study to examine the impact and implementation of a behavioural health intervention for children in Uganda. ICHAD research staff will be co-leading this scale-up study in the Greater Masaka region of Uganda in 30 schools with 3000 youth.

SUUBI+Adherence: Evaluating a Youth-Focused Economic Empowerment Approach to HIV Treatment Adherence

Principal Investigator: Fred Ssewamala, PhD
SUUBI+Adherence is a five-year longitudinal study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It examines the impact and cost associated with an economic empowerment intervention to increase adherence to HIV treatment for HIV positive adolescents in Uganda. The study is the first in Uganda to use a financial stability model to positively affect treatment adherence for youth. The study intervention, financial empowerment, combines a matched savings account, financial education, health education, and income generating activities. This is meant to promote saving money for study participants and their families so there is sufficient income to meet the needs associated with managing HIV as a chronic illness, to provide support for adherence to antiretroviral therapy, to develop microenterprises to generate family income, and/or to further their studies in secondary education. Read our Baseline Report here:

Bridges to the Future: A Family-Based Economic Empowerment Intervention for Children Orphaned by AIDS in Uganda

Principal Investigator: Fred Ssewamala, PhD
Bridges to the Future is a five-year longitudinal study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It evaluates the impact and cost-effectiveness of an innovative family-based economic empowerment intervention for orphans made vulnerable by AIDS. The study intervention includes a matched savings account registered in the child’s name, income-generating activity training, and mentorship. The intervention aims to encourage saving money for secondary education, promote microenterprise development to generate family income and provide support programs to protect children from future risks.

Kenya Youth Savings Impact Assessment

Principal Investigator: Fred Ssewamala, PhD
This study measures the impacts of a youth-focused monetary savings program, which includes seeded savings accounts registered at a financial institution in Kenya, on developmental outcomes, overall health and wellbeing, psychosocial outcomes, sexual risk taking behavior, family stability outcomes, agricultural productivity and employment opportunities for girls and boys enrolled in public primary schools throughout Kenya. The study also measures the extent to which the youth-focused monetary savings program affects the enrolled youths’ family household finances. Research to date suggests that savings accounts for low-income youth may be a high-leverage tool to achieve both youth development and financial inclusion objectives.