Text and Data Mining valid from 2019-05-09
Received: 26 October 2018
Accepted: 1 May 2019
First Online: 9 May 2019
Ethical approval and consent to participate
: Ethical clearance was obtained from the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences Ethics Committee with a ref.; ExternalRef removed/PGS/SAEC/Vol.XIV/. Moreover, we obtained written informed consent from all study participants. For minors aged 15–17 years, consent was obtained from their parents/guardians and assent was sought for their participation. These were not many in number and their parents/guardians availability at the health facility to escort the expectant mothers facilitated obtaining the necessary consent. The consent form contents included the purpose of the study, benefits to the participants, confidentiality assurance, rights to withdraw and alternative, and safety. Signatures confirming willingness and consent to participate voluntarily were sought from literate candidates. The illiterate expectant mothers were requested to imprint their thumb onto the informed consent form.
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