Funding for this research was provided by:
Global Fund for Women (none)
Received: 13 January 2020
Accepted: 21 August 2020
First Online: 7 September 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study has received ethical clearance from the ethical committee of Ethiopian Public Health Intuition, of the Federal Ministry of Health, with referral no. 6-13/327 written on 14 June 2017. Based on the ethical clearance from the college, permission was obtained from ethical committees of Addis Ababa Health Bureau and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Health Bureaus. As the study subject is very sensitive, which could raise a series of ethical issues, every possible care was taken in designing the questionnaire and recruiting and training of enumerators. Study participation was voluntary and respondents were informed of the objective of the study and were further informed that they are free to withdraw from the study at any time during the survey process. They were also informed either to answer or refuse to answer any specific question. Informed consent was obtained from each participant in the study and participating institution heads. Participants who requested for support were made to receive information on where to get care and support and should be referred. Strict confidentiality and privacy were maintained throughout the study, and identifiers were totally omitted and only codes were being kept on the questionnaire. After data collection, questionnaires and notes taken from interviews were kept in a secure location. All respondents were provided the name, telephone number, and email of the principal investigator, if they have any questions about the survey or if they believed they would be injured or mistreated as the result of their involvement in the survey.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.