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Cool Burns 20

Cool Burns 20

Designing a multifaceted, community-driven, behavioural change intervention to improve the first response to childhood burns (Cool-Burn 20)

Africa has the highest burn injuries, specifically among under-fives living in slums. This study aims at designing a multifaceted, community driven, behavioural change intervention to improve the first response to childhood burns, and will be carried out in Kisenyi slum in Kampala.

Cool-Burns 20 is a 18 month project implemented in partnership with the George Institute for Global Health UK, Imperial College London and Makerere University School of Public Health with funding support from the UK Research and Innovation grant by the Medical Research Council, with Dr. Margie Peden as the lead Principle Investigator, and Dr. Charles Ssemugabo as the Co-Principle Investigator and Ugandan Lead.

The study objectives:

1) To understand the modifiable individual and community level drivers of current practices among care-givers and Village Health Teams (VHTs) in responding to burns among those under 5 years.

2) Determine behaviour change functions to address individual and community level drivers of current practices, and work with the community to co-design a theory-informed contextually relevant intervention to increase (a) best practice first aid responses to burns in young children and (b) improve timely medical assessment of potentially severe burns.

3) To work with the community to refine a theory of change and identify appropriate mechanisms and strategies to deliver the intervention.

4) Pilot and refine the intervention and delivery mechanisms with the community.

The methodology will include Focused Group Discussions (FGDs), In-Depth Interviews (IDIs), and workshops to co-design training packages and programmes.

The expected outcome:

  • improve knowledge and behaviour of care-givers on how to respond to burn,
  • change behaviour of carers on when to refer a child to a hospital following a burn injury.
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