Dr. Katelyn Sileo from University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) and Dr. Susan M. Kiene from San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Public Health are collaborating principal investigators for a project recently awarded an R21 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD; R21HD098523). The project, “Development, Testing and Health Effects of a Multilevel Family Planning Intervention” will focus on addressing the effects of unplanned pregnancies in Uganda. The project is in collaboration with Makerere University School of Public Health.
More than a third of women of reproductive age in Uganda lack adequate access to family planning resources including contraceptives. Improving family planning resources decreases the risk of pregnancy-related health risks and maternal and infant mortality. Uganda has already increased efforts to improve access to contraceptives. Working with the community the researchers, led by Drs. Kiene and Sileo, will develop and pilot test a multi-level intervention that engages couples in transformative community dialogues to reduce unintended pregnancy by increasing modern contraceptive use. They will assess the intervention’s potential efficacy on contraceptive uptake and continuation and intermediate outcomes (knowledge, attitudes, perceived community norms, partner communication and equity) through 6-month follow up.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on February 07