Funding for this research was provided by:
APHRC IDRC (This research was funded by an African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship award offered by the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in partnership with the International Development Research Center (IDRC).)
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Received: 13 September 2017
Accepted: 1 November 2018
First Online: 19 November 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The research proposal was submitted to and approved by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Biomedical Research Ethics Committee (BREC REF: 385/14) and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Scientific and Ethical Review Office (SERO REF: 6.13/80). An official letter of permission to conduct the research in the regional health bureaus and surveyed health facilities was obtained from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI). Informed written consent was obtained from the study participants before commencing data collection. A signatory format was used to capture every respondent’s consent. Each questionnaire was coded to facilitate smooth and ethical data collection. Finally, data collection was confidential and the data was anonymously analyzed.
: The study’s objectives were explained to all study participants. Consent for publication was obtained from every respondent. Once the respondent agreed, data collection was conducted in a space that ensured confidentiality and privacy, and the data was anonymously analyzed.
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