Funding for this research was provided by:
Unicef Papua New Guinea
Victorian Operational Infrastructure Support Program
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Received: 19 June 2016
Accepted: 22 April 2018
First Online: 8 May 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This research was approved by the Research Advisory Council of the National AIDS Council Secretariat (approval number RES11.025) in Papua New Guinea and the Alfred Health Human Research Ethics Committee in Australia (project number 7/12). Written or verbal consent to participate was obtained from all participants after data collectors had explained study objectives and procedures and checked that participants understood this information. Participants who were unable or unwilling to provide written consent, for example due to low literacy skills, were invited to provide verbal consent. This verbal consent was witnessed by a data collector. Procedures for obtaining informed consent were approved by the abovementioned ethics committees. To protect confidentiality, quotes are attributed to the participant group and the province, but without reference to individual sites. Because of the small number of health workers, we do not attribute health worker quotes to a province.
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