Received: 25 November 2020
Accepted: 14 June 2021
First Online: 3 July 2021
: Like other research involving human participants, this study was performed in accordance with Helsinki Declaration. The protocol was reviewed and received Ethics Certificate from the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) [<i>Certificate No: NIMR/HQ/R.8a/Vol. IX/3058</i>] before commencement of the study. The research clearance was then sent to each Regional Administrative Secretary in whose region the study was to be conducted for approval. In the field, researchers got verbal informed consent from all the prospective respondents and from participants in the FGDs. Verbal informed consent was preferred because the use of written consent forms might be perceived by participants as threatening. The National Institute for Medical Research Ethics committee approved the use of verbal informed consent. Furthermore, respondents were clearly informed of their right to withdraw from participating in the interviews and FGDs when they wished to do so. Interviews and FGDs were audio-recorded after getting verbal informed consent from the respondents. Measures were taken to protect the privacy of research subjects. The transcripts were only available and accessible to researchers. In order to observe confidentiality, no individual identity was disclosed during data presentation; and the quotes used to illustrate participants’ and respondents’ views and ideas were not tied to personal identifiers.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.