alexa Understanding HIV Positive Women’s Experiences with Antenatal Care in Rural Maputo Province, Mozambique
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Clinics in Mother and Child Health
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Research Article

Understanding HIV Positive Women’s Experiences with Antenatal Care in Rural Maputo Province, Mozambique

Carlos Eduardo Cuinhane1,2*, Gily Coene3, Kristien Roelens4 and Christophe Vanroelen5

1Department of Sociology, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique

2Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels University), RHEA, Centre for Research in Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality, Brussels, Belgium

3Department of Philosophy and Ethics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels University), RHEA, Centre for Research in Gender and Diversity, Brussels, Belgium

4Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium

5Department of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels University), Brussels, Belgium

*Corresponding Author:
Carlos Eduardo Cuinhane
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels University)
RHEA - Centre for Research in Gender
Diversity and Intersectionality
Brussels, Belgium
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Received date: July 20, 2016; Accepted date: August 22, 2016; Published date: September 02, 2016

Citation: Cuinhane CE, Coene G, Roelens K, Vanroelen C (2016) Understanding HIV Positive Women’s Experiences with Antenatal Care in Rural Maputo Province, Mozambique. Clinics Mother Child Health 13:246. doi: 10.4172/2090-7214.1000246

Copyright: © 2016 Cuinhane CE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Introduction: Motherhood among women living with HIV/AIDS is considered perilous in most of the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Objectives: To analyse women’s compliance to biomedical norms recommended to reduce the risk of mother-tochild transmission of HIV during pregnancy and childbirth in the rural province of Maputo.

Methodology: A qualitative study was performed, consisting of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with women who had become mothers, in-depth interviews with community health workers and semi-structured interviews with mother and child health nurses. We used Bourdieu’s theory of practice as a guiding framework to analyse the data.

Results: Our findings showed that participants complied with some recommended biomedical norms to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, such as subsequent antenatal visits, adherence to antiretroviral therapy and childbirth at the health facility. However, they did not comply with the timing of the first antenatal care, use of modern health care system to treat illness episodes and use of condom during pregnancy.

Conclusion: The study results suggest that compliance to the recommended prevention of mother-to-child transmission is the result of complex interactions in which participants rely on knowledge and resources within both the family and community and the modern health care system. Awareness among health care workers of pregnant women’s perspectives as well as an adequate education about the timing of the first antenatal care and the benefits of antenatal care in both the health facility and community could thus enable to improve prevention of mother-tochild transmission of HIV.


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