August 2020 Newsletter
It’s hard to believe that we are already heading into the fall semester! However, there was no August recess for our teams, as we all remained hard at work this month. Our field team resumed collecting data for the Kyaterekera, Suubi4Her and SMART Africa studies via telephone. (See description below for first-hand accounts and observations from our interviewers - the first time ICHAD and SMART Africa Center have used phone interviews to collect study data!) The team is also preparing to launch two new NIH-funded studies, Suubi+Adherence-R2 and Suubi4Stigma. Suubi+Adherence-R2 is the competitive renewal of our Suubi+Adherence study that explored the effects of a family economic empowerment intervention on the adherence of adolescents living with HIV to life-saving antiretroviral medications. This extended funding will allow the team to dig deeper into the potential mechanisms of change and longer-term effects on economic stability, sexual risk-taking behavior, adherence self-efficacy, cognitive functioning, mental health, and social support. 

In August, we also closed out our busy summer training program schedule which culminated with presentations by all 25 of our fellows. The final week also featured a career panel discussion featuring Dr. James Mugisha, a Senior Lecturer at Kyambogo University in Uganda; ICHAD Co-Directors, Drs. Proscovia Nabunya and Ozge Sensoy Bahar; and Dr. Latoya Small, an Assistant Professor at University of California, Los Angeles (and a Researcher Resilience Fellow). They discussed their career paths and tips for continuing a career in research.
We are pleased to welcome a new staff member to the ICHAD-US team, Bethel Mandefro, who will help coordinate ICHAD’s many activities! Finally, our team had several publications this month, including  PhD student William Byansi’s “A Systematic Review of Task Shifting for Mental Health in Sub-Saharan Africa” and members from the ICHAD team’s article titled “Factors Associated With HIV Disclosure and HIV-Related Stigma Among Adolescents Living With HIV in Southwestern Uganda.” Congratulations to all!

As always, please feel free to contact us with any news or updates that you would like us to include in our upcoming newsletter. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about all of our latest updates!

We wish you all continued health and happiness!

The ICHAD and SMART Africa Teams



ICHAD staff members conducting participant telephone interviews for the Kyaterekera Project

Kyaterekera Project

The Kyaterekera Project is focused on reducing new incidences of sexually transmitted infections and HIV among women engaged in sex work in Uganda, through a combination of economic empowerment, vocational skills training, and HIV risk reduction (HIVRR) sessions. Wave 2 data collection (6-month follow-ups) is well underway with 76% (336 out of 439) participants at 14 sites completing their interviews via telephone. The team is also working to track down participants who were not interviewed during their originally scheduled time. Next month, the team will continue with wave 2 interviews for other scheduled sites.

Due to safety precautions put in place for COVID-19, an ICHAD Research Assistant collects Suubi4Her wave 3 data from a study participant over the phone


Suubi4Her seeks to examine the impact and costs associated with an innovative combination intervention that aims to prevent HIV risk behaviors in communities heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS. In August, the team continued to conduct qualitative interviews training facilitated by ICHAD Co-Directors, Proscovia Nabunya and Ozge Sensoy Bahar. During these sessions, the team reviewed interview guides in both English and Luganda to ensure accuracy of the translated documents, and collection of good quality data. With approval from all five district health officers (DHOs) in the study region, authorizing the use of schools to conduct phone interviews, the team launched wave 3 data collection, and 46 participants were interviewed within one week of launching this exercise. Finally, the Suubi4Her study received continuing review approval from both the in-country Research Ethics Committee (Uganda Virus Research Institute) and from Washington University IRB. 

The ICHAD team attend a qualitative interview training for the Suubi4Cancer study by Dr. James Mugisha

Suubi4Cancer seeks to identify confirmed and suspected cancer cases among a cohort of more than 3,000 youth (ages 10 to 24) living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. This month, the team participated in a two-day training on how to conduct qualitative interviews. The training was conducted by Dr. James Mugisha, a senior qualitative researcher and psychologist from Kyambogo University. During the training, the team learned the value of using qualitative research in order to better understand personal experiences that are difficult to capture quantitatively. The team will begin using these skills to collect qualitative data from youth living with HIV as well as those diagnosed with or suspected of cancer to determine barriers and facilitators to seeking services and adhering to treatment. The study will also interview healthcare workers and policymakers.
Members of the ICHAD Suubi4Stigma team meet to discuss the Project Roadmap and plans for study roll-out once IRB approval has been obtained
Suubi4Stigma will examine the feasibility,  acceptability and preliminary impact of two evidence-based interventions, Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (G-CBT) and Multiple Family Group (MFG), to address HIV/AIDS associated stigma among adolescents (aged 10-14 years) living with HIV in Uganda. On August 12, the team submitted the required documents to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) for IRB approval and are still waiting on the feedback. While waiting on the IRB approval, the study team in Masaka has been busy translating the study measures into the local language, developing study intervention manuals, and drafting the qualitative interview protocol.
ANZANSI Family Program participants attend an introductory (social distanced) meeting to learn about the program and be given the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback

The ANZANSI Family Program seeks to pilot test the feasibility of an innovative combination intervention - family economic empowerment and Multiple Family Group (MFG) among adolescent girls at risk of dropping out of school in Northern Ghana. This month, the team successfully completed facilitator training for 10 MFG facilitators and 2 financial literacy training (FLT) facilitators. One hundred families, including adolescent girls and their caregivers, have been recruited to participate in the study, and the team plans to conduct baseline assessments in the coming weeks. Implementation partners, BasicNeeds and BIBIR-Ghana had final meetings with families to provide feedback on how interventions sessions will be held, and rules and regulations to be observed during sessions. During these meetings, families were asked their preferences about attending MFG and FLT sessions and how much time they are willing to commit to intervention sessions each week. BasicNeeds is working on getting and putting together all bank required information for caregivers, to begin opening Child Development Accounts (CDA) with the Agricultural Development Bank in Ghana. Congratulations to the team on all your accomplishments this month!
SMART Africa participant (caregiver) being interviewed over the phone
SMART Africa

The SMART Africa studies examine the impact and implementation of an evidence-based multiple family group (MFG) intervention for children experiencing behavioral problems and their families in Uganda, Kenya and Ghana. 

This August, the SMART Africa-Uganda team started 6-months follow-up assessments via telephone for the four primary schools that completed the Multiple Family Group (MFG) sessions last fall. These assessments were originally scheduled to take place early this year, but due to the Coronavirus outbreak, this wasn’t possible. In preparation for telephone interviews, families are visited in their homes by a team of two staff members with phones and headsets, used to complete the assessments. The field team explains why the assessments are being conducted via telephone, after which the participants are connected to the research assistants at the ICHAD office calling centers in Masaka. In the field, participants’ temperatures are taken, sanitizer is used and masks are given to participants before any interaction for protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of August 26, a total of 398 participant assessments (200 guardian and 198 children), as well as 13 facilitator assessments, had been completed in three schools.

During these interviews, families have expressed their appreciation for the Amaka Amasanyufu program and the positive impact it has had in their families and communities in regards to better relationships, respectful communication, responsibility, and social support. Children noted improved relationships with their guardians as they believe their voice is being heard, while guardians mentioned a positive change in their children's behavior as a result of MFG sessions. Participants also revealed that they have become community change agents as they continue to practice lessons from the MFG sessions in their homes, villages, and towns.
Adapting to Technology

It’s been more than one month since the team started conducting telephone interviews for the Kyaterekera wave 2 interviews, and over the past month interviews for the SMART Africa and Suubi4Her studies have resumed. The experience has been a success so far with interviewers now used to the new way of conducting interviews. There are a number of notable differences compared to face-to-face interviews. Generally, the telephone interviews take longer than face-to-face interviews due to network challenges, but participants feel more comfortable to share their experiences with interviewers on sensitive issues. Below are some thoughts from the telephone interviewers.
“It’s been a great experience conducting telephone interviews regardless of the first days when I thought it would be so hard.  Participants are able to open up freely because they do not feel ashamed that someone is looking at them, someone is judging them or feeling guilty.” 
- Namyalo Sharon Jauhara

“It has been so great for me because guardians are free to share their personal difficulties as if I am the same age they are.  They can not anticipate that they are talking to a person who is like their daughters’ or granddaughters’ age.”
- Nakeeya Annet

“Participants are happy and some participants have liked using gadgets like headphones and the phone. Giving a participant a chance to use a phone during the interview has helped to show them that they are also counted as important people.” 
- Nanteza Flavia

“Interviews can be completed fairly quickly because participants fear coming up with longer conversations.”
- Nakabuye Fatumah
Robert Kasumba, the Suubi4STEM Study Coordinator and a software engineer, started conducting weekly computer training for the team as part of our capacity building programs to help the staff improve their computer skills.
Congratulations to ICHAD Director Fred Ssewamala and Co-Directors Ozge Sensoy Bahar and Proscovia Nabunya for receiving a $3.4 million award from the National Institute of Child Health and Development to test the long-term impact of an intervention that has shown early success in improving adherence to medication through economic support for families with HIV-positive youth. The study will extend the 2012-18 Suubi+Adherence study in southwest Uganda. Early results were promising, with data showing that over and above usual care comprised of Ugandan Ministry of Health’s literature on adherence to HIV treatment, participants who received the intervention, consisting of incentivized financial savings, financial literacy and income-generating activities, reported improved adherence to antiretroviral medications. The suppression of the HIV virus among youth receiving the intervention increased significantly compared to the control group, and the cost  per participant  was not prohibitive. The results were published in several peer-reviewed journals, including PLOS One and AIDS and Behavior.

“We found that the first five years of the Suubi+Adherence study produced several desired outcomes,” Ssewamala said. “But the question remains as to how long the reported outcomes will be sustained through young adulthood. There is a need for a longer-term follow-up to establish the impact across the years as participants go through social transitions – a very vulnerable stage for adherence – and the associated costs and cost effectiveness.” He said the continued 5-year funding (2020 to 2025) will extend one of the largest and longest running economic empowerment studies of young people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. 
In addition to tracking the original cohort of study participants for five more years, the new funding will allow the team to dig deeper into the potential mechanisms of change, including long-term effects on economic stability, sexual risk-taking behavior, adherence self-efficacy, cognitive functioning, mental health, and social support. “We believe that providing a financial support system for these youth has the potential to lead to long-term systemic, positive life choices,” Nabunya said. “To my knowledge, the long-term effects on this population have never been measured, which is why this continued funding is so essential.”

In-depth interviews with participants and the continued measurement of cost effectiveness will enable the team to assess the long-term value of the intervention compared to other options. “Lessons learned from interviews and cost measurement will give us richer tools and data to share with policymakers and stakeholders to ensure sustainability of this important intervention,” Sensoy Bahar said.

We are pleased to welcome ICHAD Coordinator Bethel Mandefro who recently transitioned to our team after serving as the Washington University’s Africa Initiative Coordinator since November 2019.  Bethel previously served as the Program Coordinator and Office Manager of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law, a rule of law research center she joined in 2011 after obtaining her Masters in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. Her directed research project for her Masters theses focused on the impact of government policies in improving access to clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa. Bethel previously worked as an export logistics coordinator at BDP International in Philadelphia and holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, with a minor in Spanish.  An avid traveler, Bethel has visited more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North, Central, and South America. Bethel is born in Ethiopia and lives in St. Louis with her husband and four young daughters.
Congratulations to doctoral candidate and ICHAD Research Associate Summer Sun who successfully passed her dissertation proposal hearing and recently received the Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation for her dissertation research “Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Relationship Between Wealth and Health.”  In her dissertation, she will investigate how racial inequities in wealth fundamentally shape downstream determinants of health in the U.S.

Congratulations to former ICHAD Research Assistant Eloho Ighofose, who has been accepted to the Clinical and Translational Science PhD program at the University of North Dakota. An emerging social worker with an emphasis on research, program evaluation, and data analytics, Eloho graduated from the Brown School in 2019 with a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on international social and economic development.

Congratulations to MSW student Portia Nartey who transitioned from her role as an ICHAD practicum student to a Research Assistant for the ANZANSI Family Program. In this new role, she will support the study PI, Dr. Ozge Sensoy Bahar and the team in Ghana as they test the feasibility of an innovative combination intervention - family economic empowerment and Multiple Family Group - amongst adolescent girls at risk of dropping out of school in Northern Ghana.
My Summer Experience at ICHAD

“Over the summer, I was fortunate to work with ICHAD as a Research Assistant. During my time with ICHAD, I spent a lot of time working on research related activities, including writing of reports, data codebooks, and assisting with manuscript preparation. It was a great opportunity to also attend summer training sessions with the CHILD-GRF fellows and RRT fellows. There, I learned a lot about the kinds of work that scholars are doing around the world. Sitting among great scholars and researchers taught me a lot about how to navigate research and also some important tips that will be useful for me as a young and upcoming social scientist.

My interest to pursue research has increased due to the experience I gained working with the ICHAD and SMART Africa teams. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with ICHAD staff under the great supervision of Dr. Nabunya, Dr. Ssewamala and William. I am very fortunate to work with such seasoned researchers. In the fall, I am continuing as a practicum student and MRF fellow with the ICHAD and I am hoping to have a great learning experience.”

Emmanuel Owusu Amoako
MSW Student, Brown School



ICHAD Training Programs

The ICHAD training programs consist of three NIH-funded training grants — LEAD Global Training Program (Co-Directors: Dr. Fred Ssewamala and Dr. Patricia Cavazos-Rehg), Researcher Resilience Training (Co-Directors: Dr. Fred Ssewamala, Dean Mary McKay, and Dr. Sean Joe), and CHILD-Global Research Fellows (Co-Directors: Dr. Fred Ssewamala, Dean Mary McKay, and Dr. Noeline Nakasujja). The programs support early career researchers in domestic and global mental health, health disparities, and HIV/AIDS in the US and Sub-Saharan Africa to become independent researchers and leaders of multidisciplinary teams in resource-limited settings.

“I have enjoyed my experience. I learned a lot, expanded my professional network and got opportunities to advance my research. Hearing about other people’s research journeys and aspirations has been insightful and has re-invigorated my commitment to pursue mental health research in Africa.”

– 2020 Summer Training Program Trainee

Summer Training Wraps Up

The training programs' summer curriculum concluded on August 7 with a busy week of sharing and synthesizing a full and engaging summer. In the final week, trainees presented their research project progress, accomplishments, and next steps. In addition, they received and shared feedback with their peers, directors, and mentors. The week culminated with a career panel discussion featuring Dr. James Mugisha, Senior Lecturer, Kyambogo University, Kampala Uganda/Butabika National Referral and Teaching Hospital; Dr. Proscovia Nabunya, Research Assistant Professor, Co-Director, ICHAD; Dr. Ozge Sensoy Bahar, Research Assistant Professor, Co-Director, ICHAD; Dr. Latoya Small, Assistant Professor, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles. Facilitated by Dean Mary McKay, the panelists shared candid stories and practical advice for early-career HIV and mental health research faculty.

As we wrap up the intensive summer training curriculum, it is important to take a moment to acknowledge the tremendous dedication, flexibility, and hard work embodied by all of the trainees (and their families), directors, guest lecturers and panelists, campus partners, and staff in the US and Uganda. The program was altered swiftly to a virtual format, which challenges, but also new opportunities. Several trainees joined with little time to prepare for the summer ahead, and many were managing significant time zone differences—all while balancing family and other commitments during a global pandemic. We look forward to staying in touch with the trainees that have completed their appointments with us, and we will keep the momentum going with trainees that will be staying on for future months and years.
Dean Mary McKay facilitates a panel discussion amongst SMART Africa country teams who weigh in on how COVID-19 has affected their research
SMART Africa Team Members Discuss the COVID-19 Response in Their Countries

Brown School’s Open Classroom series invited the SMART Africa team to present on Research Challenges, Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa during COVID-19. The event featured a panel discussion with Dean Mary McKay, Dr. Fred Ssewamala and members of the SMART Africa team: Dr. Emmanuel Asampong, SMART Africa Co-Investigator for the Ghana study and Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health at the University of Ghana; Joshua Kiyingi, SMART Africa-Uganda Study Coordinator; Dr. Anne Mbwayo, SMART Africa In-Country Principal Investigator, Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi; and Dr. Muthoni Mathai, SMART Africa Co-Investigator, Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi. They described the challenges faced and creative solutions implemented to continue their research in the field in Uganda and Kenya during the global COVID-19 pandemic. A recording of this event can be found


Researcher Resilience Training fellows completing their second year had the opportunity to compete for a pilot grant award of $3,000. They submitted project proposals that were scored through an NIH-style peer review process. Congratulations to our two awardees: William Byansi for his submission, “The Impact of COVID-19 and Related Response Measures on the Mental Health Functioning of School-Going Adolescents in Uganda”, and Thembekile Shato, PhD for her project, “Rethinking Promotion of  Youth-Friendly Services Using Youth Participatory Research Approaches.” We look forward to seeing where these pilot studies lead you!


More ICHAD Babies!

Congratulations to Mrs. Sarah Namutebi-Cools, ICHAD-Uganda’s financial controller and her husband, Wouter Cools, who welcomed their first born, Amy Muwanguzi Cools, on August 4. Amy is very healthy, weighing 3.75 Kg and was 51 CMS. Please join us in welcoming Sarah and Wouter to the Mothers and Fathers Club!! Also joining us this month is baby Shumuran! ICHAD-Uganda’s staff Mr. Rukinda Abdul and his fiancee gave birth to a bouncing baby boy earlier this month. Congratulations Abdul and family!

Zumba+Zoom = Zoomba

ICHAD/SMART Africa weekly “Zoomba” sessions have begun! Every Monday at 4:00-4:30 PM US Central Time, staff join Zoom to follow along as we dance to choreographed songs with Zumba instructors around the world. ICHAD/SMART Africa staff who love world rhythms, exercise, and community are welcome to join the party! Contact Laura Peer for more information.




Congratulations to ICHAD Co-Director Dr. Proscovia Nabunya and co-authors William Byansi, Dr. Ozge Sensoy Bahar, Dr. Mary McKay, Dr. Fred Ssewamala and Christopher Damulira for their recent publication “Factors Associated With HIV Disclosure and HIV-Related Stigma Among Adolescents Living With HIV in Southwestern Uganda” in the Frontiers in Psychiatry Journal. This study examined family communication and social support factors associated with HIV disclosure and HIV-related stigma among children and adolescents (10-16 years) living with HIV in Uganda, using  baseline data from the NICHD-funded Suubi+Adherence study. Multiple regression analyses were conducted to determine family communication, social support, associated with HIV disclosure, disclosure comfort, and HIV internalized and anticipated stigma. The results of the study indicated that the level of comfort communicating with a caregiver was significantly associated with how often children discussed their HIV status with other people and level of HIV disclosure comfort. In addition, support from within the school environment, e.g., from teachers and classmates, was uniquely associated with both HIV disclosure and HIV-related stigma. Findings point to schools as potential sites for implementing HIV stigma-reduction programs. In addition, programming aimed at improving HIV care and treatment outcomes for adolescents living with HIV should consider incorporating both family communication strengthening and HIV-stigma reduction strategies in their efforts, in order to improve HIV health-related outcomes, including overall mental health functioning of HIV positive adolescents. More information about this paper can be found here.

A Systematic Review of Task Shifting for Mental Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

International Journal of Mental Health

A systematic review co-authored by William Byansi titled “A Systematic Review of Task Shifting for Mental Health in Sub-Saharan Africa” was published in the International Journal of Mental Health. The systematic review examines the effectiveness of some mental health interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Despite an increasing demand for mental health services in SSA, few professionals are available to meet these needs. In the last few decades, task shifting using non-specialist workers has been increasingly employed to deliver physical and mental health treatment services. While evidence suggests task shifting is effective for mental health service provision, few studies have examined the literature in SSA. This systematic review includes 14 intervention studies utilizing task shifting for mental health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers conducted a rigorous systematic search using four databases: Academic Search Complete, MEDLINE, Global Health, and PsychINFO. Individual interventions were found to have slightly higher rigor compared with group interventions, while multisite interventions were found to have significantly higher rigor compared with single site studies. Initial evidence suggests that task shifting interventions are a valuable tool for implementing mental health services in settings with limited professionals. However, current studies are faced with methodological challenges, particularly by lacking comparison groups and detailed fidelity guidelines. Additionally, studies can be strengthened by including multiple sites in the intervention and ensuring appropriate cultural adaptation of services. More information about this systematic review can be found here.




COVID-19, Mental Health, and the Need for Equity

Mental Health America (MHA) Annual Conference

September 3-4, 2020 - Virtual

Each year, the Mental Health America (MHA) Annual Conference brings together MHA affiliates, community stakeholders, peers, caregivers, providers, government officials, media and more from across the country to discuss important and emerging mental health issues. MHA’s 2020 Annual Conference will take place September 3-4, 2020 and is themed COVID-19, Mental Health, and the Need for Equity. Learn more here.

Implementation Science Consortium in Cancer
September 22-23, 2020 - Virtual

The virtual 2020 ISCC will be a working meeting that will focus on short-term and long-term cancer control priorities; challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic; synergies and gaps in the implementation science space across NCI-funded initiatives; and discussion on infrastructures for cross collaboration. The event will feature a variety of presentations and discussion sessions, as well as pre-work to encourage more engagement and discussion during each virtual session meeting. This meeting is free to attend, but registration is required for online participation.  Learn more

Financial Capability and Asset Building: Achievements, Challenges, and Next Steps
Center for Social Development, Washington University
September 24, 2020 & February 25, 2021 - Virtual

This two-part virtual conference will bring together scholars and educators to examine contributions in research, education, and practice; discuss challenges, and map out an FCAB agenda for the next five years. It aims to advance FCAB in research, education, practice and strengthen networks among FCAB scholars, educators, professional associations, and funders.  The conference is hosted by the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis and the Financial Social Work Initiative at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  Learn more here.

Global Town Hall: Hope in a Time of Uncertainty
McDonnell Academy International Symposium, Washington University
October 8, 2020 - Virtual

The Global Town Hall features experts across disciplines and countries as they share which societal problem has them most concerned and what gives them hope for the future. Its goal is to exchange candid views about current global challenges as well as offer reasons for hope for the future.  Learn more here.

Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence
APHA Annual Meeting and Expo
October 24-28, 2020 - Online

APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo is where public health professionals convene, learn, network and engage with peers. With the Annual Meeting, we strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. Come experience APHA. This year's theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence."  Learn more here.





The T37 LEAD Global Training Program is accepting applications for a 1-2 year postdoctoral fellow. The LEAD Global Fellowship supports trainees from underrepresented groups committed to conducting health disparities research, with a specific focus on global mental health prevention, intervention, services, and implementation research within resource-constrained settings. Eligible candidates should be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident, and be from a disadvantaged or underrepresented population in biomedical, behavioral, clinical & social science research as outlined by the NIH. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and can be completed on the T37 LEAD Global Fellowship website at For more information, contact Laura Peer.

SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus responsible for an outbreak of respiratory illness known as COVID-19, which has spread to several countries around the world causing immense challenges to the lives of people. In response to COVID-19 impact on individuals, families and their communities globally, the Global Social Welfare Journal is inviting our global community to contribute research articles sharing stories and experiences (both positive and negative) with our readers who can use this information to inform the development and implementation of future programs. We encourage the submission of both original science and conceptual pieces—that would inform the practice and policy frameworks across the global community. The Global Social Welfare Journal brings together research that informs the fields of global social work, social development, and social welfare policy and practice. It serves as an outlet for manuscripts and brief reports of interdisciplinary applied research that advance knowledge about global threats to the well-being of individuals, groups, families, and communities. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by experts in the field.

Rapid peer review and prompt editorial decisions will ensure that quality manuscripts are published in a timely manner and disseminated widely to inform additional research and policymaking on COVID-19-related issues. Read more about the
Global Social Welfare Journal or submit a manuscript now through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Questions can be sent to Fred M. Ssewamala PhD.