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|Title: ||Factors affecting utilisation of voluntary counselling and testing services (VCT) in Makerere University Business School|
|Authors: ||Tamale, Amina Serubidde|
Voluntary health agencies
Medical social work
|Issue Date: ||22-Sep-2009 |
|Abstract: ||Introduction: Utilisation of VCT by students at MUBS health service registered a low turn up despite the availability of all the facilities. This study was, therefore, carried out to identify the factors leading to this low utilisation and the relationship thereof. The study focused on key variables namely: the appropriateness of the mobilisation strategies for VCT adopted at MUBS; the knowledge, attitude and practice of students regarding VCT services; and the constraints to effective VCT service provision among students at MUBS.
Methods: The study area was MUBS campus, Nakawa Division, Kampala District. The researcher used a cross-sectional research design in which both qualitative and quantitative methods were applied. Data were collected from both primary and secondary sources. A self administered questionnaire and interview guide was used for data collection. A total of 367 students and 18 health service providers participated in the study. The data was edited, coded and thereafter, presented in frequency counts and score tables. Interpretations and conclusions depended on the number of occurrences of each item. Qualitative methods were used interdependently with the quantitative methods to analyse the findings.
Findings and conclusions: Appropriateness of VCT mobilisation Strategies: The level of awareness was found to be quite high. The facility was confirmed to be available, accessible and staffed and was considered to be effective. The scheduled strategies like annual sensitization workshops and health week were well attended. The availability of a counsellor at the station and training of VCT peer counsellors among students was an ongoing process. The facility was found to be youth friendly and well integrated with other services. However, turn up was confirmed to be quite low. There was no positive relationship between the levels of awareness and seeking of the services. The age and sex of the service provider was found to be irrelevant. A number of challenges that constrained effective VCT delivery were also identified.
Recommendations: It was recommended that VCT specific campaigns should be organized, there should be an establishment of a fully fledged VCT office, a VCT notice Board and posters. The facility needed an experienced service provider with an age difference of not more than 10 years more than the students.|
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