The Emory-Ethiopia team is looking pretty sharp in Emory University gear. From left to right it's Yihenew (an Oregon State University PhD Candidate), Resom, Kassahun, and Mulat (Emory-Ethiopia Amhara regional staff). Over the past year, this team has been designing and implementing the Emory-Ethiopia project call project Andilaye (Amharic for togetherness) whose core message is "Together we can be a strong, caring, healthy community."
February 3, 2018
After busy week of field work and meetings with project stakeholders in Kenya, Matt and Jed enjoy a Saturday morning at the Ngong Hills just outside of Nairobi.
January 18, 2018
In January, we kicked off our data collection for the SWASH+ Life Cycle Costing study in 100 schools in Kisumu, Nakuru, Nairobi, and Mombasa counties of Kenya. Here, our data collector Charles Boera inspects a school's latrine block to estimate the cost of repairs.
December 12, 2017
The two-day training for Andilaye household counseling visits have begun. These trainings will take place at in each Woreda (district) involved in the Andilaye intervention (Bahir Dar Zuria, Fogera, and Farta). The trainings are facilitated by Emory Ethiopia Andilaye team members. Health Extension Workers, Cluster Health Center Heads, and the Sanitation and Hygiene Officer and Health Officer will be in attendance from all intervention kebeles (villages). Here, Andilaye team members Siraj and Resom role play a household visit using the household counseling visit flipbook.
July 19, 2017
After presenting their summer practicum projects to THRIVE implementing partner, Homa Hills Community Development Organization, Graduate Research Assistants and 2018 MPH Candidates, Molly Linabarger and Breanna Wodnik, pose for a celebratory picture with our Public Health Program Associate Emily Awino Ogutu in Homa Bay, Kenya.
July 12, 2017
Graduate Research Assistant and 2018 MPH Candidate, Breanna Wodnik, presented on qualitative research methods and electronic data collection to fourth year medical students at Uzima University in Kisumu Kenya as part of her summer practicum and work on the THRIVE project.
May 30, 2017
Behavioral trials for the Andilaye intervention took place in May 2017 in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. The purpose of the behavioral trials is to test out aspects of the Andilaye intervention, from the overarching approach to the activities themselves, in order to determine what does and does not work at changing sanitation and hygiene behaviors in the Amhara context. Here, our behavior change communication specialist Siraj Mohammed is giving a key note address during a community mobilization and commitment event as part of the behavioral trial.
May 22, 2017
Data collectors for Andilaye get ready for another round of household visits by administering mobile survey in pairs. Mobile surveys developed using the freely available Open Data Kit help to improve accuracy and enable immediate availability of results. Our surveys also contain checks and prompts to limit entry errors during data collection.
April 13, 2017
Baseline data collection for Andilaye is complete! Over the course of 37 days, we enrolled 1,589 households that will be followed throughout the next two years to measure changes in NTD-preventive sanitation and hygiene practices (i.e., behavioral outcomes) as well respondent-reported diarrhea and mental well-being in study communities over time. Here, our study manager Jed Snyder and team of data collectors pose for a celebratory picture.
April 7, 2017
The Andilaye team held an intervention design workshop in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on April 7 and 8, 2017 with key regional stakeholders. Here, our study coordinator Maryann Delea shares a summary of formative research results along with comprehensive problem and solution trees developed from formative research on sanitation, personal hygiene, and household environmental sanitation. Meeting participants partook in interactive activities to review findings and elicit feedback on target behaviors for intervention design. See the meeting report here.