Economic Empowerment Program Suubi-Maka (Suubi-Maka)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01180114|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 11, 2010
Last Update Posted : November 27, 2012
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Poverty||Behavioral: Suubi-Maka ('Hope for Families') Other: Usual Care||Not Applicable|
The study has two specific aims (1) To conduct formative work in order to understand children and families´ ability and interest in participating in a family-level economic empowerment intervention focused on savings and family income generation, and their response to this family-focused economic empowerment approach alongside additional intervention components, including savings for youth education and adult mentorship. (2) Based on formative data (Aim #1), to adapt the intervention and examine issues related to feasibility and preliminary outcome on a small scale in order to prepare for a larger study.
The intervention, SUUBI-MAKA, uses a novel approach by focusing on economic empowerment of families caring for children orphaned due to AIDS. The intervention has three key components (1) it promotes family-level income generating projects (micro-enterprises) which we believe will enhance economic stability, reduce poverty, and enhance protective family processes for youth orphaned by AIDS. (2) It promotes monetary savings for educational opportunities for AIDS-orphaned children. (3) It provides an adult mentor to children. The intervention will be evaluated via a two-group randomized trial. The two groups are SUUBI-MAKA or Usual care for orphaned children. The participating children will be nested within 20 primary schools that will be randomly assigned such that all children from a particular school receive the same intervention.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||300 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)|
|Primary Purpose:||Supportive Care|
|Official Title:||SUUBI MAKA ("Hope for Families"): A Family-Based Economic Empowerment Model for Orphaned Children in Uganda|
|Study Start Date :||August 2008|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||July 2012|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||July 2012|
Involves creating and broadening asset ownership opportunities and life options for children (ages 12 to 15 years) orphaned due to AIDS in Uganda.
Behavioral: Suubi-Maka ('Hope for Families')
Each child in the SUUBI-MAKA condition receive the usual care plus asset focused services, specifically: a matched Child Development Account (CDA); twelve 1-2 hour training sessions on career planning, setting short-term and long-term career goals, and how to save money; and monthly mentorship program with young adult peers (undergraduate students) on life options and how to avoid risk behaviors. In addition, participants receive a 2:1 match for their deposits into the account. Further, participants and their adult caregivers receive specific training on microenterprise development and specifically on how to start an income-generating project using up to 50% of the matched savings. The intervention is delivered over a period of 24 months.
Other Name: Children's savings account
No intervention for asset ownership, development of future planning skills, enhancement of mental health and reduction of risk taking behaviors for children orphaned due to AIDS in Uganda.
Other: Usual Care
Each child in the control condition receives the usual services for orphaned children (counseling, school lunches, and textbooks).
Other Name: Usual services
- Savings and asset-accumulation [ Time Frame: 12-month post-intervention ]Formal and informal savings, wealth/assets (e.g. livestock, type of housing), and attitudes toward saving
- Educational outcomes [ Time Frame: 12-month post-intervention ]School enrollment, School attendance, School grades, Educational plans and aspirations
- Sexual risk taking [ Time Frame: 12-month post-intervention ]Sexual risk taking behavior (onset of sexual intercourse, unprotected sexual intercourse), Intentions to engage in sexual risk behaviors, HIV knowledge
- Savings and asset-accumulation [ Time Frame: 24-month post-intervention ]Formal and informal savings, wealth/assets (e.g. livestock, type of housing), and attitudes toward saving
- Educational outcomes [ Time Frame: 24-month post-intervention ]School enrollment, School attendance, School grades, Educational plans and aspirations
- Sexual risk taking [ Time Frame: 24-month post-intervention ]Sexual risk taking behavior (onset of sexual intercourse, unprotected sexual intercourse), Intentions to engage in sexual risk behaviors, HIV knowledge
- Mental health [ Time Frame: 12-month post-intervention ]Self-esteem, depression, hopelessness, helplessness
- Social and family support [ Time Frame: 12-month post-intervention ]Child-caregiver relationship, family cohesion, family communication, family support
- Mental health [ Time Frame: 24-month post-intervention ]Self-esteem, depression, hopelessness, and helplessness scales
- Social and family support [ Time Frame: 24-month post-intervention ]Child-caregiver relationship, family cohesion, family communication, family support
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01180114
|St. Joseph's Matale Parish|
|Principal Investigator:||Fred M Ssewamala, PhD||Columbia University|