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Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
ISSN: 1995-7262
Vol. 24, No. 4, 2012, pp. 79-80
Bioline Code: mm12023
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2012, pp. 79-80

 en Exploring the feasibility of engaging Traditional Birth Attendants in a prevention of Mother to Child HIV Transmission program in Lilongwe, Malawi
Lippmann, Quinn Kerr; Mofolo, Innocent; Bobrow, Emily; Maida, Alice; Kamanga, Esmie; Pagadala, Nina; Martinson, Francis; van der Horst, Charles; Hosseinipour, Mina & Hoffman, Irving


To investigate the willingness of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) to provide single dose antiretroviral prophylaxis to infants born to mothers with HIV and the feasibility of providing the TBAs with antiretroviral medication.
2 focus groups with a total of 17 registered TBAs.
Lilongwe, Malawi
TBAs were recruited by local health workers and participated in focus groups assessing their attitudes towards participation in a PMTCT program.
TBAs were willing to participate in this prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) program and helped identify barriers to their participation.
Given appropriate support and training, TBAs’ participation in PMTCT programs could be an additional way to deliver medication to mothers and neonates who might otherwise miss crucial doses of medication.

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