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Safe Start


Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa  Show on interactive map

Active from:

Jan 2016 to Dec 2018

Implementing organisation(s):

Great Lakes University Kisumu


DFID, through the Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) Consortium

Contact persons:

Emily Balls




The Safe Start intervention is an innovative infant food hygiene intervention designed to improve food hygiene behaviours among caregivers in low-income informal settlements of Kisumu, Kenya. The Safe Start trial uses a cluster-randomised control trial (RCT) design to measure the effect of this intervention on a range of diarrhoeagenic enteric infections. GLUK have already published two papers based on the formative research findings. Outcome mapping was used for the research into use/research uptake component of the project.

Why was OM chosen?

Outcome mapping was chosen to plan, measure and deliver research into use activities to ensure maximum engagement with key stakeholders - and increase the likelihood that research findings would be taken up.

What was the experience of using OM?

Through mapping out new stakeholders and building new relationships, GLUK have influenced county government policies and plans in Kisumu, Kenya. They were invited to join meetings informing the content of the county integrated development plan, ensuring that hygiene was defined, included and budgeted for in the final plan.

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