Received: 3 April 2020
Accepted: 4 November 2020
First Online: 12 June 2021
: Not applicable.
: Institutional ethical clearance was obtained from the Mekelle University, College of Health Sciences Ethical Review Committee (ERC0816/2016). Written informed consent was obtained from study participants and families/guardians of each child. In addition, assent was also obtained from children. Furthermore, permissions were also obtained from Tigray regional health bureau and directors of the hospitals. Each data was kept confidentially using codes and initials instead of names. CD4 + and viral load results were attached with the patients’ medical records to be used as follow up and baseline data, respectively. Study participants who had viral load level <u>></u> 1000 copies/mL and with sever immuno-suppressions (CD4+ count below 100 cells/μl) were linked with responsible health care professionals for their proper management
: We declare that we have no conflict of interest.