Research

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11 August 2015

Project Name: Sexual Health Knowledge and Attitudes of Afghan Community in London (Funded by the Big Lottery Fund)

SASH has managed to secure a grant from Big Lottery Fund to research Sexual Health Knowledge and Attitudes of Afghan Community in London. The funding will be used to conduct a study to understand the confidence levels of Afghans accessing sexual and reproductive health services in the UK. This will highlight the issues beneficiaries face accessing these services and enable the creation of health messages targeted towards Afghans living in England.

One-to-one research interviews with 40 women and men aged 18 and over will take place in Afghan concentrated areas to understand and explore the knowledge and confidence level of Afghans in accessing sexual and reproductive health services in the UK. Semi-structured qualitative interviews will be conducted in the UK (England) to provide a) data on the issues and challenges faced by Afghan communities in accessing sexual health services in the UK, b) enable the creation of health messages targeted towards Afghans living in England. Our team will create and develop a UK (England) Afghan community sexual health needs, and related supportive communications network, c) provide qualitative evidence on common Social Determinants of Health (SDH) such as gender, poverty, income, education, housing, immigration status and any other SDHs that prevents Afghans from accessing sexual health services. The study will be carried out in several boroughs of London (England) namely Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow, Hillingdon, and Brent.

The study will use strict ethical procedures using the principles of anonymity and confidentiality.

The field work will be carried out by the Principle Investigator, Dr. Ritu Mahendru, and two Afghan field workers (female and male) who are also the gatekeepers for this research. A considerable amount of preparatory work has already been established with the local Afghan communities in Harrow, and Hounslow, and the Global Afghan Forum – UK. The research project will further establish links with local HealthWatch, local authorities, CCGs, and other local health and social care services.

Dr. Rajeeb Sah from SASH, and Dr. Shane Blackman, Professor of Cultural Studies, Department of Media, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University will provide assistance in the final analysis and reporting of the research.