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Pigs for Peace: Livestock Microfinance to Improve Health, Economic Stability and Family/Social Relationships

Lead investigator: Nancy Glass

In collaboration with a Congolese-led microfinance program, PAIDEK, the team is evaluating the effectiveness of a livestock microfinance intervention, Pigs for Peace (PFP), on economic, general and mental health and intimate partner violence (IPV) outcomes in 10 rural villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Results from 12-month follow-up demonstrate improvements in general health and mental health. Further, participants report a reduction of male perpetrated IPV, specifically controlling behaviors and psychological abuse of female partners. The PAIDEK-Hopkins research collaboration continues and we are currently preparing for 24-month post-baseline data collection in intervention and control households in the 10 villages from January-March 2016. With support from R01 MD006075, Glass (PI), 12/2010 - 11/2016. NIH/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)