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Health Focus successfully completed baseline data collection in Kinshasa

Transforming Masculinities intervention is a pilot and scale-up research initiative, which Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) and partners FHI 360, Tearfund, Population Services International’s local organization Association de Santé Familial, and Health Focus are implementing in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The overall aim of Passages is to improve family planning and sexual and reproductive health among youth, in particular very young adolescents, newly married couples and first-time parents. The research study aims to assess the effectiveness, scalability and cost of the intervention. Health Focus, being the implementing research organization in DRC successfully completed baseline data-collection in Kinshasa.

In the field, data collection was carried out using a tablet-based software solution mobile devices with direct connection to a cloud based data-set with regular data-transfer intervals. The study consisted of two large quantitative surveys as well as 64 in-depth interviews. Overall, our staff surveyed 2200 community members in 17 congregations randomly assigned to either the control or the experimental group. To allow for directly linking single respondents' baseline survey data to endline results, anonymized unique numerical identifier codes were used. Additionally, mobile phone numbers of participants were voluntarily recorded and can be used to anonymously invite participants to programme interventions (SMS or call) as well as endline data collection.

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