V-BRCH Facilitates Qualitative Methods Workshop at Partner-Site in Nigeria

By Aisha Hussain, V-BRCH Program Manager at AKTH

For the past two years, the Vanderbilt-Nigeria Building Research Capacity in HIV and Non-communicable Diseases (V-BRCH) program has been conducting mentoring and skills acquisitions training for Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) physicians and faculty focused on clinical trials in HIV-associated non-communicable diseases. This capacity-building initiative has been done via short- and medium-term learning opportunities, mentoring arrangements, pairing and mentored research projects. On October 31, 2022, a total of 25 AKTH physicians and faculty members gathered for a 5-day intensive workshop on Qualitative Methods.

The Qualitative Methods workshop was facilitated by Dr. Leslie Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University. Dr. Faisal Dankishiya, AKTH Research Manager and Qualitative Lead, co-facilitated the workshop.

Dr. Muktar Aliyu, V-BRCH PI and Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, along with AKTH faculty members, Professor Mahmoud Sani, VBRCH multiple PI, and Dr. Baba Musa, and Dr. Fatima Tsiga-Ahmed (VBRCH investigators)  welcomed all participants and participated in the training.

The workshop aimed to strengthen the skills and competencies of participants to further their understanding of the use of qualitative research, question development, data collection methods, essential functions of qualitative data management, and analysis software.

The workshop was declared open by Dr. Auwal Gajida, Chairman of the AKTH Medical Advisory Committee, who stated, “Being a quantitative method student, I wish I had time to participate in this training.” Certificates were distributed to all participants at the end of the workshop.

This work is supported by the Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number D43 TW011544.