Effect of Mentor Mothers Support on HIV Service Utilization Among Sero-Positive Women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2022
Keywords:Engagement, HIV, Mentor mothers, Mothers Support Group, PMTCT
Background: HIV affects people around the world; especially women of reproductive age group are mostly affected with increased pediatric HIV infection. Strategy like mothers' support group (MSG) is important to achieve elimination of mother to child HIV transmission through empowering HIV positive women. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of mentor mothers’ support on enhancing health service utilization among sero-positive women in selected health centers in Addis Ababa city, Ethiopia. Methods: Quantitative descriptive study design was utilized in seven selected government health centres in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On March, 2020 around 352 HIV positive mothers participated in the study that selected through simple random sampling method. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 24.0 was used to analyse data and frequency tables and Pearson association (95% CI) used to show association between peer support and service utilization; among these women. Result: From 352 HIV positive women 60.8% of them were in the age group between 25 and 29 years. The finding revealed that study participant women utilized available HIV related services. They wanted to be MSG member for educational psychological support (74.4%) and 95.0% of them witnessed their satisfactions with the support provided by mentor mothers’. Almost all of study participants agreed that mentor mothers were trusted for confidentiality and 98.6% of participants stated that mentor mothers responded appropriately questions, or they consult health professional for further explanation. Moreover, 95.2% of study participants mentioned that if they missed their regular education session, mentor mothers call or pay a home visit to know members or their infant’s condition. Conclusion: Peer support group is helpful to provide comprehensive care for PMTCT clients and maintain the intended quality of life.
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