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  • Date
    2007-07-25
  • Title
    HIV and Infant Feeding Counselling: Challenges Faced by Nurse-counsellors in Northern Tanzania
  • Journal

  • Publisher
    Human Resources for Health,
  • Year
    2007
  • Author
    Leshabari S, Blystad A, de Paoli M and Moland K
  • Description
    [Excerpt from authors] Background: Infant feeding is a subject of worry in prevention of mother to child transmission (pMTCT) programmes in settings where breastfeeding is normative. Nurse-counsellors, expected to counsel HIV-positive women on safer infant feeding methods as defined in national/international guidelines, are faced with a number of challenges. This study aims to explore the experiences and situated concerns of nurses working as infant feeding counsellors to HIV-positive mothers enrolled in pMTCT programmes in the Kilimanjaro region, northern Tanzania. Conclusion:The findings illuminate the immense burden placed on nurses in their role as infant feeding counsellors in pMTCT programmes and the urgent need to provide the training and support structure necessary to promote professional confidence and skills. The organisation of counselling services must to a larger extent take into account the local realities in which nurses construct their role as counsellors to HIV-positive childbearing women.
  • Categories
    Education, Training and Development, Nursing Human Resources Management, Work Environment
  • Keywords
    HIV
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