Hiv/aids training of traditional birth attendants in southwest Nigeria

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Balogun, M.
Odeyemi, k.
Ogunsola, F.T.
Adebajo, S.
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Traditional birth attendants (TBAs), if given additional skills, can be used effectively in program implementation and contribute significantly to reaching women who deliver outside health facilities with Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services. In this quasi-experimental study, multistage sampling method was used to select the intervention and control communities and all registered TBAs were recruited for the study. Following the preintervention interviewer-administered questionnaire survey, an HIV/AIDS training program was conducted for the intervention group. Post-intervention questionnaire administration was done after six months. At baseline, only 10.4% (7/67) and 4.9% (2/41) of respondents in the intervention and control groups respectively had good level of knowledge about HIV and PMTCT and the practices of HIV counseling of patients and referral of patients for HIV testing were low. The HIV/AIDS training significantly increased the level of knowledge in the intervention group, there was a significant improvement in the practice of HIV counseling of patients in the intervention group and significant improvements in the practice of referral of patients for HIV testing was evident in both groups. HIV/AIDS training succeeded in improving the level of knowledge and some practice of PMTCT of TBAs.
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Pmtct , Training , Practice , Traditional birth attendants , Nigeria , HIV/AIDS , Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Microbiology, immunology, infectious diseases
Balogun, M., Odeyemi, K., Ogunsola, F. and Adebajo. S. (2012). HIV/AIDS Training of Traditional Birth Attendants in Southwest Nigeria. Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 2012: 3(1): 9-14.