Our first volunteers will go to Uganda in a little over a week. Nisha Sharma and Amy Burton will be behaviour change consultants to the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s partnership with Kitovu Health District. RCOG run training and train the trainer courses to improve obstetric care and, ultimately, reduce the number of fistulas.
Regretfully, our trip to Ethiopia has had to be postponed after the Foreign Office issued an amber warning for certain parts of Ethiopia. Although the area of the project itself was not in the amber warning, travel was through the area and our insurers decided that they would not cover our volunteers in those circumstances. We are still working with University of Exeter in their partnership with Wollega Medical School but our volunteers will have to wait until October / November to visit Ethiopia.
We have developed a core monitoring and evaluation package so that we can collect and pool qualitative and quantitative data from each of the projects about behaviour, behavioural expectations and behavioural determinants. Our volunteers will be taking a bottom up approach to thinking about what is driving practice and how education and training can lead to practice change.