Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes
Nancy Mwangome is a GHBN PhD Fellow, 2019-2023
Over the past 6 years, I have been working with adolescents and young people through the School Engagement Programme (SEP) at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kilifi, on the coast of Kenya. I have gained experience in qualitative and participatory research approaches in topics touching on both health and education. I have been an investigator on several research projects including: evaluation of the SEP; exploring school children’s views on assent and consent in clinical research; and leading a study to explore gaps between adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education needs and curriculum recommendations. Most recently, my work has involved establishing Young Person’s Advisory Groups (YPAGs) for health research in secondary schools in Kilifi. I hold a MA degree in Education, Health Promotion and International Development from the University College London- Institute of Education (UCL-IOE), London.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), early unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortions are a threat to the health and lives of 10-19-year olds worldwide, more so in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). My recent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education project involving secondary school students, their parents and teachers highlighted multiple challenges in the delivery of SRH education in schools, which in combination with socio-cultural norms, are likely to heighten health risks for adolescents in Kilifi. The well-established School engagement programme (SEP) at KWTRP Kilifi, offers a unique opportunity to explore the socio-cultural factors which influence adolescent SRH.
The PhD project aims to explore the socio-cultural factors that make adolescents vulnerable to SRH risks. A better understanding of these will enable better and more sensitive interventions to reduce risk. The study will use a variety of data collection methods including; In-depth interviews, Focus Group discussions, participatory video and deliberative discussions.
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