EGPAF presents study on barriers to ARV uptake

The Swazi Observer | October 21, 2014

By Winile Mavuso

THE Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) has conducted a study on the barriers to Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation for eligible HIV-positive pregnant women in Antenatal Care in Swaziland.
The study, which was presented during the National Health Research Conference held at the Convention Centre at eZulwini last week, examined the barriers, facilitators, and potential solutions to address gaps in initiation of antiretroviral therapy among HIV –positive women in all four regions of Swaziland.

The organisation collected data from four of its supported ANC clinics that are representative of both rural and urban setting and are comparable to others throughout the country.

These clinics were identified based on the catchment areas they served, which saw maternities that serve predominately rural clinics or populations being classified as rural while those who serve predominately urban clinics and populations were classified as urban.

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