Mother-to-child transmission of HIV and utilization of preventive services in Anambra South Senatorial Zone, Nigeria: Practice considerations for social workers

Chinyere Onalu, Prince Agwu (Lead / Corresponding author), Uzoma Okoye, Ali Agha

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    Abstract

    Low- and middle-income countries, including Nigeria, are often associated with poor health outcomes, such as the prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) is a dominant driver of HIV/AIDS in these countries, necessitating the need to prevent such mode of transmission. With the availability of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMCTC) services in Anambra State, Nigeria, it becomes important to investigate the utilization of these services. This is needful given the relatively high percentage of vertical transmission in the state. To conduct this study, data were sourced using six focus group discussions involving 15 health workers and 24 HIV-positive mothers selected from three health facilities that dispense PMCTC services. Findings revealed that PMTCT services in the study area had setbacks owing to facility-based inefficiencies, low-level awareness and-coverage of the services at the grass-roots level, weak social support and cultural/religious beliefs, among others. To contain these setbacks, social workers as welfare/human rights professionals were recommended to be engaged.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)857-871
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Social Work
    Volume64
    Issue number6
    Early online date17 Mar 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

    Keywords

    • Health sector corruption
    • human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
    • mother-to-child transmission
    • prevention of mother-to-child transmission
    • social work and health

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