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The knowledge and attitudes of traditional birth attendants towards HIV/AIDS and their beliefs related to perinatal care: a study conducted in KwaZulu Natal

G.G. Mchunu, B.R. Bhengu
Curationis | Vol 27, No 1 | a953 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v27i1.953 | © 2004 G.G. Mchunu, B.R. Bhengu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2004 | Published: 28 September 2004

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G.G. Mchunu, School of Nursing, University of Natal, South Africa
B.R. Bhengu, School of Nursing, University of Natal, South Africa

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Traditional birth attendants (TBAs) are still mainly being utilized in the rural areas even in the presence of the formal health care facilities. Studies reveal that the utilization of TBAs is beneficial in some other contexts with some support and supervision from the western health sector. In order to develop further training for TBAs the researchers deemed it necessary to assess their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs related to HIV/AIDS, prenatal care, delivery and postnatal care.


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