The effect of gender-equity programs on maternal and child health in Uganda
Last registered on December 07, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
The effect of gender-equity programs on maternal and child health in Uganda
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000073
Initial registration date
September 18, 2013
Last updated
December 07, 2018 6:02 AM EST
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Northwestern University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Stockholm School of Economics
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2012-08-01
End date
2020-12-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study aims to understand how imbalances between mothers and fathers in knowledge and decision-making power affect maternal and child health.

The study compares three approaches: increasing mothers’ empowerment, increasing fathers’ knowledge about the health needs of children, and increasing mothers’ knowledge about the health needs of children.

Study villages in Southwest Uganda receive one of three treatments — a women´s nutrition education program, a men’s nutrition education program, or a joint women’s empowerment and nutrition education program — or are in the control group and received no intervention. The target population are parents of a child under age 2 or couples in which the woman is pregnant. The program consists of 20 classes, held bi-weekly, for a group of about 10 mothers or fathers. A baseline survey and anthropometric data were collected before the start of the program. An end-line survey will be collected one year after program implementation begins.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Jayachandran, Seema and Martina Björkman Nyqvist. 2018. "The effect of gender-equity programs on maternal and child health in Uganda." AEA RCT Registry. December 07. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/73/history/38544
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
There are 3 treatment arms: Women’s Health & Nutrition, Men’s Health & Nutrition, and Women’s Health + Nutrition plus Women’s Empowerment. In each case, the treatment is a training course for a selected group of roughly 10 mothers or fathers within a village. Twenty bi-weekly lessons are delivered within the village by a trained facilitator. Participants either had a child under age 2 or were pregnant/had a pregnant spouse at the time of baseline data collection. Each Health and Nutrition session is approximately one hour in length, while each Women’s Empowerment session is approximately 45 minutes (1 hour and 45 minutes in total when combined with the Health and Nutrition lessons).
Intervention Start Date
2013-02-25
Intervention End Date
2013-11-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
height, weight, middle upper arm circumference, hemoglobin levels, self-reported health, health-care utilization, household consumption, health/nutrition knowledge, women's empowerment and decision-making
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The 412 villages in Southwest Uganda were randomly assigned to either receive one of three treatments — a women´s nutrition education program (105 villages), a men’s nutrition education program (105 villages), or a joint women’s empowerment and nutrition education program (98 villages)— or be in the control group and receive no intervention (104 villages). Baseline measurements of survey-based and anthropometric indicators were collected prior to intervention launch. Endline data collection will be conducted for all households after the intervention has been implemented for one year.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
village
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
412 villages
Sample size: planned number of observations
5694 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Treatment: Women’s Health & Nutrition (105 villages), Men’s Health & Nutrition (105 villages), and Women’s Health & Nutrition+Women’s Empowerment (98 villages).

Control: 104 villages
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Northwestern University Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2012-04-25
IRB Approval Number
STU00062565