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Overall Purpose of the PhD Fellowship

In Uganda approximately 1,400 children are born with Spina bifida annually. Spina bifidais frequently associated with renal complications due to bladder and sphincter dysfunction,with significant morbidity/mortality. Urinary incontinence negatively impacts schoolattendance and is associated with poorer quality of life. Clean intermittent catheterization(CIC) with intravesical oxybutynin is a proven safe and cost-effective treatment. Promotinglong-term adherence is key to preventing renal complications and improving the quality oflife for spina bifida infants in low-income settings, however uptake and adherence inUganda is low. This study will 1) identify barriers in the implementation of kidney savingand continence management services for children with spina bifida in Uganda 2) developan intervention model to improve the implementation of kidney saving- and continencemanagement services for children with spina bifida in Uganda. 3) pilot the interventionmodel and evaluate its feasibility and acceptability. This will be a 4-year project registeredat LSHTM under supervision of Dr Femke Bannink Mbazzi, Prof Janet Seeley and ProfMoffat Nyirenda. The PhD student is expected to complete his/her PhD within 3.5 years.The PhD student will closely collaborate with Child-Help International partnerorganisations providing rehabilitation services for children with spina bifida in Uganda.The PhD fellow will be remunerated as per the Unit’s policy. The fellowship is expected tobegin on 1st January 2023 and will be based at the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM UgandaResearch Unit with travel to the LSHTM in the United Kingdom. The PhD fellow should have the right to live and work in Uganda (e.g. be a Ugandan national or resident with avalid work permit).
Essential

 Master degree in Disability Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology,

Epidemiology, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Health Sciences, orPublic Health.

 A minimum of 3 years’ experience in undertaking qualitative research studies.

 Excellent management, organizational and writing skills. Knowledge of disability concepts and disability research in low and middle incomecountries.

 Knowledge of health challenges faced by persons with disabilities in low and middle

income countries.

 Knowledge of qualitative data collection and analytical approaches.


 Good working knowledge of computer programs including outlook, word, excel.

 Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

 Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.

 Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

 Commitment to career in academic research


 Commitment to long-term capacity building in disability-related research

Desired

 Additional training in disability and global health research

 Work experience in disability research

 Knowledge of spina bifida and its impairment effects and related services in Uganda


Responsibilities
Overall Purpose of the PhD Fellowship

In Uganda approximately 1,400 children are born with Spina bifida annually. Spina bifidais frequently associated with renal complications due to bladder and sphincter dysfunction,with significant morbidity/mortality. Urinary incontinence negatively impacts schoolattendance and is associated with poorer quality of life. Clean intermittent catheterization(CIC) with intravesical oxybutynin is a proven safe and cost-effective treatment. Promotinglong-term adherence is key to preventing renal complications and improving the quality oflife for spina bifida infants in low-income settings, however uptake and adherence inUganda is low. This study will 1) identify barriers in the implementation of kidney savingand continence management services for children with spina bifida in Uganda 2) developan intervention model to improve the implementation of kidney saving- and continencemanagement services for children with spina bifida in Uganda. 3) pilot the interventionmodel and evaluate its feasibility and acceptability. This will be a 4-year project registeredat LSHTM under supervision of Dr Femke Bannink Mbazzi, Prof Janet Seeley and ProfMoffat Nyirenda. The PhD student is expected to complete his/her PhD within 3.5 years.The PhD student will closely collaborate with Child-Help International partnerorganisations providing rehabilitation services for children with spina bifida in Uganda.The PhD fellow will be remunerated as per the Unit’s policy. The fellowship is expected tobegin on 1st January 2023 and will be based at the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM UgandaResearch Unit with travel to the LSHTM in the United Kingdom. The PhD fellow should have the right to live and work in Uganda (e.g. be a Ugandan national or resident with avalid work permit).
Essential

 Master degree in Disability Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology,

Epidemiology, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Health Sciences, orPublic Health.

 A minimum of 3 years’ experience in undertaking qualitative research studies.

 Excellent management, organizational and writing skills. Knowledge of disability concepts and disability research in low and middle incomecountries.

 Knowledge of health challenges faced by persons with disabilities in low and middle

income countries.

 Knowledge of qualitative data collection and analytical approaches.


 Good working knowledge of computer programs including outlook, word, excel.

 Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

 Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.

 Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

 Commitment to career in academic research


 Commitment to long-term capacity building in disability-related research

Desired

 Additional training in disability and global health research

 Work experience in disability research

 Knowledge of spina bifida and its impairment effects and related services in Uganda


 Conduct literature review and develop PhD research question and methodology.

 Process ethics application and research clearance with the relevant regulatory

bodies.

 Consent / assent study participants.


 Collect data within the study on continence management services for children with

spina bifida

 Conduct data analysis of study data collected.


 Report any (serious) adverse events that may occur during the study.


 Write manuscripts and publish at least 2 papers in peer reviewed journals.


 Ensure timely planning and implementation of study activities.


 Timely progress reports to promotors.


 Participate in training courses and learning opportunities as part of the PhD program.


 Organize dissemination activities in collaboration with the research team.


 Contribute to publications and presentations of findings of the overall study.


 Perform any other duties as may be assigned by PIs or Co-Is.



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