Compliance to counselling services by pregnant women during antenatal in selected government clinics in Lusaka, Zambia.
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The aim of the study was to assess the levels of compliance to counselling services among pregnant women during antenatal in selected clinics of Lusaka, Zambia. The study was guided by the following objectives to: investigate the compliance to counselling services by pregnant women during antenatal in selected clinics in Lusaka, Zambia; establish whether the counselling health education mothers receive from antenatal clinic increases their health seeking behavior in both prenatal and maternal health states; find out if the counselling health education in antenatal clinics teaches mothers on infant feeding practices and Mother- Child transmission of HIV; and establish if the counselling services received during the antenatal visits are adhered to by the pregnant women. Data was collected using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The tools that were used for data collection were questionnaires. Data was collected from antenatal care clients, antenatal care providers and women who were in their first to fourth trimester. The target population was that of pregnant mothers visiting antenatal clinics at Kabwata clinics. Thus, antenatal mothers were interviewed; mothers who have visited the antenatal clinics for more than two times are the ones who was included in the study. The conclusions of the study were that; the intervention measures in place to improve women access and utilization of antenatal care services mainly address the supply side and ignore the demand side which makes the whole process fail to improve the situation on ground. The study recommended that, to improve the level of antenatal care utilization in Lusaka, there is need to train health workers on service delivery, community sensitization on the values of antenatal care, reduction on hospital/clinic charges, equipping and stocking of enough drugs.
The University of Zambia