The Health and Future of Girls from a Ugandan Slum: The Impact of Mirembe Cottage, a Faith-Based Organization
AuthorMarquardt, Kristen Conrad
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AbstractMillions live in slum communities throughout the world, leading to numerous public health concerns. One such location is Masese slum in Uganda, which is used as an example to gain a better understanding of the multiple factors that impact the growth of slums and assess the health implications of such conditions. Mirembe Cottage is a home founded to rescue young girls who were living on the streets to escape life in the Masese slum, and addresses multiple public health concerns of slum conditions. Though no formal public health theory or model was used in the planning and implementation of Mirembe Cottage, a retrospective assessment reveals theories and models that influenced the program’s design. By applying a planning model to Mirembe Cottage, specific intended objectives can be determined and thus evaluated. Mirembe Cottage has a system for monitoring progress, though no formal evaluation is carried out. Providing a structured planning model and evaluation plan for Mirembe Cottage to demonstrate the impact the organization has on the health and wellbeing of the girls, as well as potentially upon slum areas, will benefit Mirembe Cottage as they seek future funding.
Degree ProgramHonors College