Funding for this research was provided by:
Department for International Development (GPAF-IMP-046)
Received: 5 October 2019
Accepted: 12 November 2020
First Online: 23 November 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study protocol was approved by the MAMTA Ethical Review Board (MERB). The MERB looks after the study protocols submitted by MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child. Verbal informed consent was obtained from all participants for the use of their data for research. For the consent of women and men less than 16 years of age, verbal informed consent from their parents, adult spouses, or caretakers was obtained. Subjects were informed of the study objectives and asked if they agreed to participate in the interviews/discussions, to let their interviews being recorded, and used for research purposes. The investigator affirmed the agreement of the participation of the study subjects by putting his signature on the interview sheet. Interviews or discussions were done with those who agreed. However, we did not obtain written consent from any participant during the intervention. The local communities were hesitant to sign consent papers as they were afraid of the signatures being misused for other purposes. The ethical committee approved of the same considering the sensitive situation of the communities.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.