Gender Inclusiveness in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Programme in KwaZulu-Natal: Male Perspectives
American Journal of Nursing Science
Volume 4, Issue 5, October 2015, Pages: 280-287
Received: Jun. 12, 2015;
Accepted: Jun. 19, 2015;
Published: Sep. 24, 2015
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R. M. Miya, Durban University of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing Science, Durban, South Africa
T. Mgutshini, University of South Africa, Faculty of Humanities, Tuition Department, Pretoria, South Africa
Background: Most developing and developed countries require PMTCT to preserve humanity and children’s survival. All dynamics around PMTCT implementation seek commitment from all stakeholders at different levels to ensure elimination of new HIV infections in children. In 2010, 48% of pregnant women living with HIV in low and middle income countries (716 500 of 1.49 million) received effective antiretroviral regimens excluding single dose nevarapine. An estimated 35% of pregnant women living with HIV in low and middle countries received an HIV test in 2010, up from 7% in 2005. HAART coverage has increased from 1.48 million infants born to mothers living with HIV to 32% to 42%. Objectives: The purpose of the study was to explore and describe the range of barriers and motivational factors for gender inclusiveness within the (Prevention of mother to child transmission) PMTCT programme in public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal as perceived by males. Methodology: A qualitative, descriptive, explorative study was conducted through individual interview of males until data saturation. Results: The findings of the study reveal that; males were not aware of their role in the prevention of mother to child transmission and did not feel comfortable to be in the mist of pregnant women. Conclusion: The study recommends intense male recruitment into PMTCT to ensure effective management of HIV in pregnancy and to prevent MTCT. This will ensure a holistic support needed by pregnant women on PMTCT.
R. M. Miya,
Gender Inclusiveness in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Programme in KwaZulu-Natal: Male Perspectives, American Journal of Nursing Science.
Vol. 4, No. 5,
2015, pp. 280-287.
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