BabyGel - Life-Saving Hygiene Hand Gel
"No mother should lose their newborn to easily preventable illnesses."
Dr James Ditai, Executive Director, Sanyu Africa Research Institute (SAfRI)
Infectious diseases are a huge cause of child death in low-resource settings.
Globally, 5.9m children die each year before their fifth birthday, but many of these deaths could be prevented.
Pneumonia, diarrhoea, sepsis and meningitis are the leading infectious causes of death.
The Babygel Study is a cluster-controlled trial examining the impact of improving hand hygiene in rural Ugandan households using locally-produced alcohol-based hand gel.
It will recruit 6000 participants from hard-to-reach communities in 72 villages in the Mbale District of Eastern Uganda. In these villages, women will be given a birth kit to be used for the first three months after they have had their baby, half of which will contain the gel and instructions on its use. The gel is made locally in Uganda from sugar cane and, if the trial proves successful, could be included in delivery packs for every expectant mother.
The study’s primary outcome measure will be severe infant illness or death in the first 90 days of life. We are planning to open the trial to recruitment in early 2020.
This project is part of the EDCTP2 programme supported by the European Union.
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