Text and Data Mining valid from 2018-07-20
Received: 19 December 2017
Accepted: 10 July 2018
First Online: 20 July 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Permission to carry out the study was obtained from Wolaita Sodo University IRB. Local ethics approval was obtained from SNNPRS health bureau and each zonal health department. This research fulfilled the exemption criteria set by the Médecins Sans Frontières Ethics Review Board for a posteriori analyses of routinely collected clinical data and thus did not require MSF IRB review. It was conducted with permission from the Medical Director, Operational Centre Brussels, Médecins Sans Frontières.The study was also approved by the Ethics Advisory Group of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France. As this was a record review study, informed patient consent was not required. Through written permission from regional health authorities the databases were accessed in respective health care facilities after informed verbal consent of medical heads of health facilities. Confidentiality of the records was maintained.
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