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AIHD in Partnership with UJAMAA Africa works to prevent Gender Based Violence in Kenya

The Stanford University in collaboration with the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) and UJAMAA Africa, is conducting ‘A Cluster-Randomized Trial to Assess a Sexual Assault Prevention Intervention in Upper Primary School Adolescents in Nairobi, Kenya’. The main objective of the randomized control trial is to determine the effects of a classroom based behavioral interventions aimed at young (10-14 years of age) adolescent girls and boys in the selected Nairobi informal settlements in order to prevent sexual assault.

This study is a three-armed randomized-control trial with approximately 35 primary schools in each study arm, each with specific sets of intervention measures. The study will track 66 girls and 15 boys within each school for intensive follow up using a standardized questionnaire. The children will be randomly selected from the updated class attendance registers of Class 6 in the respective schools.

The objective of the randomized control trial is to determine the effects of a classroom based behavioral interventions aimed at young (approximately 10-14 years of age) adolescent girls and boys in the Nairobi informal settlements in order to prevent sexual assault. The specific objectives are to; (i) Measure the awareness levels of the respondents to deal with sexual assault and the impact of self-defense training; and (ii) Provide descriptive statistics in a report to Stanford University according to the approved guidelines, along with cleaned data in approved format. This will focus on the intervention strategies of improving the exercise. The primary outcome will be self-reported sexual assault at follow-up compared to baseline. Secondary outcomes include physical violence, self-efficacy and self-esteem, mental health and PTSD.

UJAMAA Africa will be implementing the intervention and Stanford University will be the lead evaluator. AIHD’s role is to manage the data collection, processing, cleaning, and coordination of the RCT. The project has three major data collection points over 24 months; (1) baseline data collection in Jan/Aug 2016, (2) follow-up in Jan/Sept 2017, then (3) final collection in Jan/Sept 2018.

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The African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) is a non‐profit, non‐governmental organization (NGO) established in June 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya by a group of accomplished African researchers and academicians. The Institute’s main focus is on implementing evidence-based programming, conducting research, training and advocacy on health and development issues that are contextually relevant to Kenya and the African continent.

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