Funding for this research was provided by:
Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (SE-0-SE-6-5118006001-UGA-43082)
Received: 1 June 2019
Accepted: 10 July 2019
First Online: 17 July 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study was approved by the Gulu University Research Ethics committee (GUREC-006/09/2017), and registered with the Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST-HS126ES). Continuing review approval provided in 2018. Permission to conduct interviews in the HCs was obtained from the Mbarara District Health Officer (DHO). All participants provided voluntary written informed consent before each in-depth interview. Privacy of the participants was ensured by not including identifiable information in addition to conducting the interviews in private. We respected individual autonomy to participate in the study as eligible participants were free to decline to participate. All who consented to participate were informed about their freedom to withdraw from the study at any time. No participant withdrew from the study. Permission to tape-record the data was similarly obtained. All the audio recorded material and transcripts were safely stored by to the lead author (EW).
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.