Harriet Opondo, MA, PhD

Nominated From: University of Minnesota

Research Site: Global Health Uganda

Research Area: Early Childhood mental health, HIV

Primary Mentors: Dr. Maria Kroupina and Dr. Catherine Abbo

Research Project

Mental Health Needs Assessment of Children ages 0-5 ganda.

Reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate advancement in the fight against HIV/AIDS infection through prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and support services. However, there is still a considerable number of young children (0-5 years) living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in sub-Saharan African countries including Uganda. Existing literature highlights the importance of addressing the mental health needs of at-risk children including those with chronic infections. However, there is limited research regarding the impact of HIV on the mental health of children ages 0-5 years who are living with HIV in Uganda. In this study, I will conduct a mental health needs assessment of children (0-5 years) living with HIV in Uganda.

Research Significance

The results of this study may provide increased awareness and information regarding the mental health needs of young Children Living With HIV(CLHIV)and will inform future advocacy and intervention strategies.


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