The study is grounded on reality that …children of female sex workers and adolescent girls surviving in sex work settings face unique risks including stigma and discrimination, exposure to sexual abuse and gender based violence. Numerous studies have documented the health problems of female sex workers; however, there has been no or limited research documenting the well-being of children of female sex workers and adolescent girls surviving in sex work settings. Most programs focus on supporting the female sex workers without special attention to their children who could be secondary targets. Another major gap identified is that these children and adolescents’ category are not documented among the classification of special needs of children.
On this background the study aimed at …identifying the risk factors, mental health, psychosocial needs and mechanisms of coping by children under the care of FSWs and adolescent girls surviving in sex work settings of Kampala, Gulu, Mbarara, Wakiso and Busia in Uganda.
Read more about this research through this link published on PEAH – Policies for Equitable Access to Health