International Research Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Vol.1 (5),pp. 38-44, October 2016
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IRJMBS/
Article 16/ID/JMBR037/ 07 pages
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Original Research Article
Factors assisting HIV + mothers with better feeding options of their babies around the Buea Municipality, Cameroon
Ojong-Alasia M,M1, Tangwa A. Anthony2, Kwende-Tanjong, O. Lum3 and Atanga M.B. Suh*3
1Department of Nursing, MADONA University Elele Campus
2Ministry of Public Health Yaounde
3Department of Nursing/Midwifery, University of Bamenda
*Corresponding Author Email: mbisuh(at)yahoo.com
The feeding options available and prescribed by culture of a people may promote or assist in reducing Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT) of HIV/AIDS positively or negatively. Feeding options prescribed by public health professionals may suit the reduction process but the real feeding options practiced may not. Hence, the study sought to determine feeding options prescribed by culture, actual patterns used, and factors that affect the practices. A cross section of the population was studied both quantitatively and qualitatively using 112 and 16 HIV+ mothers respectively. Ownership of a fridge (AOR=3.1, p<0.01) were significantly associated with a safe feeding option but mixed feeding (64%) was still highly practiced. Strengthening infant feeding counseling and encouraging health promotion interventions at all levels are essential to curb vertical transmission and enhanced child survival.
Key words: HIV/AIDS, MTCT, PMTCT, Infant feeding options, factors