Barriers to prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child (PMTCT) in a resource poor setting in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

SOURCE: African Journal of Reproductive Health
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2007
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Peltzer, T.Mosala, O.Shisana, A.Nqeketo, N.Mngqundaniso
KEYWORDS: EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS PREVENTION, PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION (PMTCT) PROGRAMME
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate knowledge of PMTCT and to describe potential barriers that might affect acceptability of interventions for PMTCT in a resource poor setting in South Africa. The sample included 1534 pregnant women recruited a first antenatal care visit from 5 clinics implementing PMTCT (61%) and from 5 communities around the 5 clinics (39%). In addition, the mothers or mothers-in-law (70.9%) and husbands or partners (58.2%) of the pregnant women were interviewed at their homes. Results indicate that major potential barriers in implementing PMTCT programmes in a resource poor setting included physical access to the health facility, PMTCT knowledge, stigma and support, HIV testing and delivery preference.