RESEARCH AT BWINDI COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Bwindi Community Hospital has an active research program involving projects lead by local staff, and other Ugandan and international partners. Links to some of this work are given below.
Our key needs for future development of this program is that it builds on what has already been done, innovates where possible, takes account of the data that is available, and identifies ways in which new projects can help further develop the hospital’s data assets for future research.
Our goal is to carryout high quality research in order to produce scientific knowledge in relation to health that enables improvements to the well being of the population.
so far, 21 Research studies have been done. Some of these studies are BCH’s initiative and others by our partners. 4 of the studies have been published by ourselves, 5 reports have been shared with us, 5 not yet shared and 7 studies are still on going.
Current, past and planned future research has focused on the following areas:-
- Community Health
- Community Health Insurance (e-Quality)
- Mental Health and subsistence abuse
- Family planning and other reproductive health
- Chronic Care
- Laboratory ( e.g. microbiology)
- Operational Efficiency
- Maternal New born and Child Health
DATASETS: There are a variety of existing datasets at Bwindi Community Hospital that can potentially help most areas of research. The hospital’s data is a combination of electronic operational databases and paper records, with a significant part of it already in digital form, and the aim of achieving general integrated digitisation. Electronic databases currently support and keep records for the hospital’s main outpatient and inpatient services, its population-based community health insurance and community health outreach work, and its HIV programme. The data in these databases have provided, and can provide, the basis for a wide range of research. For it to do this, a researcher will need to work closely with, local experts, both technical and subject area. Our data assets are the product of substantial past investments in time and resources, from a variety of people. So, in both areas where our systems are more developed, and those where this is less so, we would want researchers to be part of a collaboration that helps us to develop these assets further for the future.
Institutions that we have partnered with and studies done
University of California Davis (PREDICT - Surveillance for emerging zoonotic disease threats and behavioral risk characterization in high-risk communities in Asia and Africa)
Colgate University (Community Health and Poverty Analysis)University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ( Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Trends, Causes, Risk Factors, and Variables of Mortality Among Children under 5 years old in Bwindi, Uganda from 2008 to 2018)
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (Miami, FL, USA); University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX, USA); University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (Birmingham, AL, USA) Identifying Barriers to HIV Management and Treatment in the Catchment Area of Bwindi Community Hospital
If you are interested in carrying out Research at BCH, read the BCH Research Procedure which includes; the research flow chart, research proposal form and data confidentiality form.
You can find our research papers from the journal Frontiers In Public Health via the links below.