Spring greetings from the ICHAD and SMART Africa Teams. In response to COVID-19, we have taken precautionary measures with regard to our field activities and events. Fieldwork for all studies is currently suspended, and we have made the difficult decision to postpone our annual global conference, originally scheduled for June.
Prior to suspending our field activities, SMART Africa-Uganda team had delivered sessions 11, 12, and 13 of the multiple family group (MFG) intervention to 30 families and SMART Africa-Ghana delivered session 6 of the MFG intervention to 55 families. Suubi4STEM conducted virtual training for the study team. The Suubi4Her study team recruited a new group of Research Assistants and they have all received good clinical practice and human subjects protection training. Finally, the Anzansi study team in Ghana finalized school selection as well as the adaptation of all intervention manuals.
The ICHAD and SMART Africa teams will continue to take precautions and promote strategies such as utilizing technology, social distancing, working from home, and handwashing in order to combat the spread of COVID-19. We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy during these unprecedented times!