Femi, João Paulo and Meghan from the BOLD team traveled to Kampala, Uganda and Abuja, Nigeria in October and November to conduct training workshops for the BOLD project, in collaboration with Kidza (Uganda principal investigator) and Bukola (Nigeria principal investigator).
In both Uganda and Nigeria, two training workshops were held:
• Simplified effective labor monitoring-to-action (SELMA) cohort study workshop: to train data collectors on the study protocol and data collection procedures, including the study instruments (prospective data collection form capturing the characteristics of women in labor and their labor progression). The SELMA cohort study will inform the development of the SELMA tool, which will determine the probability of adverse or favorable birth outcomes if an intrapartum-related intervention is performed or not performed, considering the individual characteristics of women in labor, their labor progression and the setting where labor is taking place.
• BOLD formative study workshop: to train data collectors on the qualitative study protocol and data collection procedures, including the study instruments (in-depth interview guides and focus group discussion guides for women of reproductive age, healthcare providers and health facility administrators). The BOLD formative work will support the development of innovative tools (SELMA and the Passport to Safer Birth) to improve the ability of healthcare providers to manage labor and increase the demand for respectful, quality care during childbirth.
We are happy to report that our data collectors from both countries are an incredibly enthusiastic and lively group who we are thrilled to be working with. For the SELMA study, the data collectors are midwives and doctors from the BOLD study health facilities (4 health facilities in each country). For the BOLD formative study, the data collectors in Uganda are social science research assistants associated with Makerere University, and the data collectors in Uganda are a mix of research assistants associated with University of Ibadan and female health educators from Abuja.
Looking forward to kicking of data collection in the upcoming weeks! Stay tuned for more updates.