SUUBI4Her

SUUBI4Her

Principal Investigator: Fred Ssewamala, PhD

Project Team Members: Mary McKay, PhD, Claude Mellins, PhD, Lindsay Stark, PhD, Irwin Garfinkel, PhD, Torsten Neilands, PhD

Field Coordinators: Miriam Mukasa, Jennifer Nattabi, Flavia Namuwonge 

Research Collaborators: Abel Mwebembezi (Reach the Youth-Uganda), Fr. Kato Bakulu (Masaka Diocese), Gertrude Nakigozi (Rakai Health Sciences Program)

SUUBI4Her is a 5-year longitudinal study (2017-2022) funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). It examines the impact and cost associated with Suubi (hope) for Girls (hereafter, Suubi4Her), which is an innovative combination intervention that aims to prevent HIV risk behavior in communities heavily affected by poverty and HIV/AIDS in Southern Uganda. This is done through economic empowerment and promotion of behavioral health. This study combines two evidence-based approaches:

1. a youth monetary savings program that supports adolescent girls in secondary school education and family small-business/microenterprises development

2. a 16 session manualized MFG intervention that strengthens family relationships to address mental health challenges which frequently accompany adolescent girls’ transition to adulthood.