Funding for this research was provided by:
University Research Council, Aga Khan University (Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee (PF 90/1016).)
Text and Data Mining valid from 2020-04-14
Received: 9 July 2019
Accepted: 11 March 2020
First Online: 14 April 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study has received ethical approval from Ethics Review Committee (ERC), Aga Khan University (AKU) (2019–0802-2753). Approval (verbal and written) has been obtained from the selected schools’ administration (NGO adopted school and two government run schools) before initiating the data collection. Consent from the research participants (mothers, teachers, THO and TEO) has been obtained to participate in the study. Upon obtaining consent from mothers, children were approached to get their assent. Consent forms are designed for this purpose. Approval process includes verbal explanation to the participants about the purpose of the study and data collection methods followed by their written approval in form of signature/ thumb impression (for illiterate participants). Consent from mothers and children were taken by the data collectors. On the other hand, consent for qualitative interviews for FGDs and IDIs with mothers, teachers and key informants was obtained by the PI. While obtaining study participants’ consent, the anonymity of comments was ensured. All participants were provided with a copy of the informed consent.
: Consent for publication of the findings has been stated in the consent forms.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.