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Impact of Microfinance and Participatory Gender Training for Women in Reducing Intimate Partner Violence (MAISHA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02592252
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : October 30, 2015
Last Update Posted : March 26, 2018
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit
National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee
EngenderHealth
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Brief Summary:

Violence against women and girls is increasingly recognized as a major global public health and development concern. However, evidence on what forms of intervention should be prioritised is severely lacking. A cluster randomized controlled trial (The Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS & Gender Equity - IMAGE Project) in rural South Africa combined a group-based microfinance intervention with a participatory gender and HIV training curriculum for loan participants and showed that, over a two-year period, levels of physical and/or sexual partner violence experienced by participants in the past year were reduced by 55%.

The overall goal of the current study is to design and implement a cluster randomized controlled trial to assess the impact on intimate partner violence of: 1) combining participatory gender training with microfinance for women in existing microfinance loan groups, and 2) a participatory gender training programme for women (not receiving microfinance) and their male partners.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Maltreatment by Spouse or Partner Behavioral: Participatory gender training Other: Microfinance Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 2640 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial to Assess the Impact of Combined Microfinance and Gender Training for Women and Gender Training for Women and Their Male Partners in Reducing Intimate Partner Violence
Actual Study Start Date : September 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2019

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Microfinance + gender training
Microfinance + 10 sessions of participatory gender training
Behavioral: Participatory gender training
10 sessions of participatory gender training

Other: Microfinance
Microfinance loan

Experimental: Microfinance only
Receive microfinance only
Other: Microfinance
Microfinance loan

Experimental: Gender training only
10 sessions of participatory gender training for women and their male partners
Behavioral: Participatory gender training
10 sessions of participatory gender training

No Intervention: No intervention
No microfinance or participatory gender training



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Past 12 months exposure to intimate partner violence [ Time Frame: 24 months post-intervention ]
    Exposure to intimate partner violence will be assessed using the WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women questionnaire



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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Arms 1 and 2 - microfinance loan groups:

  1. there are between 15 and 30 active members in the group
  2. less than 25% of the women have been members for less than one year
  3. there is a good attendance (repayment) record
  4. a minimum of 70% of active members consent to take part in the study

Arms 3 and 4, women who:

  1. are aged 20-50 years
  2. are not formally employed, i.e. either self-employed or not currently working
  3. have been resident in Mwanza for at least two years
  4. have not been a member of a microfinance loan group in the past 12 months
  5. are fluent in Swahili
  6. have consented to take part in the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

None


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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02592252


Contacts
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Contact: Sheila E Harvey, Ph.D +44 (0)207 612 7854 sheila.harvey@lshtm.ac.uk
Contact: Shelley Lees, Ph.D 44 (0)207 327 2586 shelley.lees@lshtm.ac.uk

Locations
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Tanzania
Mawanza Intervention Trials Unit Recruiting
Mwanza, Tanzania
Contact: Sheila E Harvey, Ph.D    +44 (0)20 612 7854    sheila.harvey@lshtm.ac.uk   
Contact: Shelley Lees, Ph.D    +44 (0)20 7327 2586    shelley.lees@lshtm.ac.uk   
Principal Investigator: Charlotte Watts, Ph.D         
Principal Investigator: Saidi Kapiga, MD         
Principal Investigator: Shelley Lees, Ph.D         
Principal Investigator: Gerry Mshana, Ph.D         
Sponsors and Collaborators
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit
National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee
EngenderHealth

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02592252     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: QA430
First Posted: October 30, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 26, 2018
Last Verified: March 2018