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Insaka: mobile phone support groups for adolescent pregnant women living with HIV

Simpson, Nikita ORCID: 0000-0001-5260-3266, Kydd, Anna, Phiri, Mwelwa, Mbewe, Madalitso, Sigande, Lucheka, Gachie, Thomas, Ngobeni, Malebo, Monese, Tebogo, Figerova, Zuzana, Schlesinger, Hugo, Bond, Virginia, Belemu, Steve, Simwinga, Musonda, Schaap, Ab, Biriotti, Maurice, Fidler, Sarah and Ayles, Helen (2021) Insaka: mobile phone support groups for adolescent pregnant women living with HIV. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 21 (1). ISSN 1471-2393

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Background: Mobile phone-based interventions have been demonstrated in different settings to overcome barriers to accessing critical psychosocial support. In this study, we aimed to assess the acceptability and feasibility of a phone-based, peer-to-peer support group intervention for adolescent pregnant women aged 15–24 years living with HIV in Zambia. Methods: Sixty-one consenting participants were recruited from Antenatal Clinics of two large urban communities in Lusaka. They were invited to participate in the mobile phone-based intervention that allowed them to anonymously communicate in a small group led by a facilitator for 4 months. A mixed methods approach was used to assess acceptability and feasibility, including a focus group discussion, pre- and post-intervention interview and analysis of the content of the text message data generated. Results: Participants reported finding the platform “not hard to use” and enjoyed the anonymity of the groups. Seventy-one percent of participants (n = 43) participated in the groups, meaning they sent text messages to their groups. Approximately 12,000 text messages were sent by participants (an average of 169 messages/user and 6 mentors in 6 groups. Topics discussed were related to social support and relationships, stigma, HIV knowledge and medication adherence. Conclusion: The study showed that the intervention was acceptable and feasible, and highlighted the potential of the model for overcoming existing barriers to provision of psychosocial support to this population.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2021 23:13
Last Modified: 23 May 2024 22:57

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