Barriers to Early Infant Diagnosis of Hiv in the Wa Municipal and Lawra District of the Upper West Region of Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Nuoh, R.D
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-03T10:48:57Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-14T04:52:12Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-03T10:48:57Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-14T04:52:12Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/8881
dc.description.abstract About 90% of HIV new infections among infant and children younger than 14 years are due to mother-to-child transmission. More than half of these children die before their second birthday in the absence of treatment. However, mortality among HIV positive infants can be reduced by over 70% if treatment is initiated within the first three months after birth. Though Ghana has well established Prevention of Mother to Child/Early infant diagnosis (PMTCT/EID) service, over 80 % of HIV Exposed Infants (HEIs) are not tested by DNA PCR at 4 to 6 Weeks as recommended by WHO. The consequence of this is that thousands of HEIs are left undiagnosed and the NACPs (National AIDS control Program) goal of eliminating new infections among infant or reducing HIV related child deaths by 50% by 2015 does not appear to be likely. This study seeks to identify the socio-demographic, health system and psychosocial factors influencing the decision of HIV positive mothers to test their infants for early infant diagnosis by DBS-PCR (Dry Blood Spot DNA polymerase chain reaction) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Ghana en_US
dc.subject BARRIERS en_US
dc.subject EARLY INFANT en_US
dc.subject DIAGNOSIS en_US
dc.subject HIV en_US
dc.subject WA MUNICIPAL en_US
dc.subject LAWRA DISTRICT en_US
dc.subject UPPER WEST REGION en_US
dc.title Barriers to Early Infant Diagnosis of Hiv in the Wa Municipal and Lawra District of the Upper West Region of Ghana en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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