Principal Investigators: Dr Gloria Seruwagi, PI (Makerere University) and Prof. Stephen Lawoko, Co-PI (Gulu University)
The extent to which refugee communities are aware of COVID-19 and comply with related measures and guidelines remains largely unknown. This research seeks to give visibility and voice to refugees through their lived experiences, while also analysing the processes and outcomes of COVID-19 policy and guidelines in Uganda. The study will focus on critical issues, actions, intentions and experiences at different levels – individual, community and national.
The study will assess awareness, document lived experiences and assess behavioural shifts in Uganda’s diverse refugee settings, with more than five different nationalities participating. The study will establish whether contextual specificities of urban and rural-based refugees have a bearing on awareness, feasibility, enforcement and compliance to policy and guidelines from Uganda’s national response to COVID-19. Embedded in this research is a policy analysis strand – assessing policy formulation, feasibility, implementation and outcome. The study hopes to generate evidence useful for improving humanitarian and development outcomes.
A plethora of etic perspectives on the refugee experience largely drives programming, policy and research. A glaring gap is the insider (emic) perspective. This research positions refugees at the centre, highlighting issues most meaningful and positively transformative for them. We need to listen, learn and then act - acknowledging their agency and “nothing about us without us” message.
A deeper understanding of epidemic [pandemic] socio-behavioural aspects in refugee settings. In particular:
The team has created a series of resources to share their experience, including blogs that reflect on the perspectives of all the partners in the study; policy briefs, such as guidance on how communities can be empowered to steer sustained COVID-19 compliance measures; and community engagement activities. Visit the REFLECT web page here.
The team created a website to share the work of the REFLECT project. Here you can find blogs from the field, lessons learned, policy briefs and all the other resources developed as a result of the project to understand COVID-19 in Uganda's refugee camps.View
Gloria Seruwagi, co-principal investigator for the REFLECT study, shares her thoughts on the resilience of Uganda's health system amid COVID-19.View
An interview with Brian Luswata from the Ugandan Ministry of Health on his experience working with the REFLECT study.View
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