Funding for this research was provided by:
United States Agency for International Development (AID-663-LA-16-00001)
Received: 23 December 2020
Accepted: 11 May 2021
First Online: 19 May 2021
: A letter of support was obtained from the regional government office. Local authorities were contacted formally about the data collection. All individuals consented for their willingness to be interviewed without influencing their freedom for withdrawal. Prior to starting the study procedure, all participants were informed about the topic and type of questions, what was to be observed and the intended use of results. Confidentiality of data was maintained anonymously using codes during data collection, data analysis and reporting. Tape recorded files had unique identifiers with place, time and type of interview. Field questionnaires, field notes and transcripts were kept in private lockable cabinets. Entered data had access to only study staff. Privacy was maintained using neutral sites free from any form of disturbance (visual, speech, noise). Experienced data collectors were recruited and trained to consider all the provisions of respondents as human subjects. Lead investigators checked compliance to the protocol and any breach of ethical issues, and they took proper immediate actions when necessary.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.