Funding for this research was provided by:
Center for International Health (N/A)
Received: 27 September 2019
Accepted: 25 March 2020
First Online: 3 April 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: To conduct this research project, ethical approval was obtained from Hawassa University, College of Medicine and Health Sciences ethical review board. Next, official letters were submitted to the Regional Health Bureau. A letter of permission was obtained from the Regional Health Bureau to Respective Zonal Health Department, Woreda Health Office, and City Administration. For those who are under 16 years old a written consent was obtained from Social and Labor Affairs Office which was also approved by ethical review board. Finally, written and verbal consent was obtained from each study subject prior to data collection. Each respondent was informed about the objective of the study to give necessary information for policy makers and other concerned bodies. They were also informed that all data obtained from them would be kept confidential by using codes instead of any personal identifiers and that data are meant only for the purpose of the study. All interview sessions were conducted in private rooms of dedicated clinics to serve street people, or stakeholders, or Women, Children and Youth Affair, Social and Labor Affair Office was used. During the data collection process, the data collectors informed each study participant regarding the purpose and anticipated benefits of the research project and the study participants were also informed of their full right to refuse, withdraw or completely reject part or all of their responses in the study.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.