The SUUBI Program: Asset-Ownership for Orphaned Children in Uganda
This study examines an economic empowerment model of care and support for orphaned adolescents in rural Uganda. The Suubi intervention focuses on economic empowerment of families caring for orphaned youths. It attempts to address the health risks and poor educational achievements resulting from poverty and limited options.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||The SUUBI Program: Creating Asset-Ownership Opportunities and Health Promotion Among Orphaned Children in Uganda|
- Savings and asset-accumulation [ Time Frame: baseline, 10-month and 20-month post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]past experience, current savings, and attitudes toward saving
- Sexual risk taking [ Time Frame: baseline, 10-month and 20-month post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Sexual risk taking behavior (history and onset of sexual intercourse), Intentions to engage in sexual risk behaviors
- Educational outcomes [ Time Frame: baseline, 10-month, and 20-month post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]School enrollment, School attendance, School grades, Educational aspirations
- Mental health [ Time Frame: baseline, 10-month and 20-month post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Self-esteem, depression, hopelessness, helplessness
- Social and family support [ Time Frame: baseline, 10-month and 20-month post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Emotional support from caregivers, practical assistance, financial assistance and advice/guidance, and family communication
|Study Start Date:||June 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Behavioral: Children's development account
The AIDS epidemic and a 20‐year civil war have had a devastating impact on Uganda. The events have led to population displacement, worsening living conditions, exacerbation of poverty, and disruption of already weakened social service systems. As implemented, the Suubi Project goes considerably beyond the usual care, which primarily consists of institutionalization and reactive strategies (involving food and material aid). Specifically, the intervention promotes children's savings accounts, also known as children development accounts, for postprimary education and microenterprise development (i.e., development of small income‐generating businesses).
The Suubi intervention is grounded in asset theory (Sherraden 1990, 1991), which holds that assets (e.g., savings, educational opportunities, and economic opportunities in the form of income‐generating activities or microenterprises) have important economic, social, and psychological benefits for individuals and families. Asset building is increasingly viewed as a critical factor for reducing poverty, improving psychosocial functioning, and positively affecting attitudes and behaviors.
|St. Joseph's Matale Parish|
|Principal Investigator:||Fred M Ssewamala, PhD||Columbia University|