School of Medicine and Health Sciences Poster Presentations

Title

Omni Med Enhanced VHT Pilot

Poster Number

299

Document Type

Poster

Status

Medical Student

Abstract Category

Prevention and Community Health

Keywords

Community, Health

Publication Date

Spring 2018

Abstract

Omni Med is a Non-Governmental Organization in Uganda. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, Omni Med uses the Village Health Team (VHT) model to target health promotion and disease prevention through its initiatives. Omni Med trains VHTs to operate as educators and leaders in their communities to spread awareness of healthy practices such as condom use, sanitation and hygiene. In addition to using the VHT model, Omni Med has incorporated several other projects to enhance the VHT program’s impact in the community. These projects include building clean water sources, constructing clean burning cook stoves, and distributing mosquito nets which respectively aim to decrease the incidence of diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, and malaria.

The aim of this pilot study is to evaluate the impact of Omni Med’s Enhanced VHT program. It is a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of community health indicators before and after the implication of Omni Med’s Enhanced VHT model in a community where Omni Med has not previously operated. To evaluate the program, we developed a questionnaire in collaboration with Omni Med staff and VHT leaders to address three key indicators: 1) the incidence of diarrheal diseases; 2) the incidence malaria; 3) the incidence of pneumonia. The questionnaire will be administered by community health workers to collect the data. The project has received approval from an International Review Board.

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Omni Med Enhanced VHT Pilot

Omni Med is a Non-Governmental Organization in Uganda. In partnership with the Ministry of Health, Omni Med uses the Village Health Team (VHT) model to target health promotion and disease prevention through its initiatives. Omni Med trains VHTs to operate as educators and leaders in their communities to spread awareness of healthy practices such as condom use, sanitation and hygiene. In addition to using the VHT model, Omni Med has incorporated several other projects to enhance the VHT program’s impact in the community. These projects include building clean water sources, constructing clean burning cook stoves, and distributing mosquito nets which respectively aim to decrease the incidence of diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, and malaria.

The aim of this pilot study is to evaluate the impact of Omni Med’s Enhanced VHT program. It is a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of community health indicators before and after the implication of Omni Med’s Enhanced VHT model in a community where Omni Med has not previously operated. To evaluate the program, we developed a questionnaire in collaboration with Omni Med staff and VHT leaders to address three key indicators: 1) the incidence of diarrheal diseases; 2) the incidence malaria; 3) the incidence of pneumonia. The questionnaire will be administered by community health workers to collect the data. The project has received approval from an International Review Board.