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Quality of HIV/AIDS voluntary counseling and testing services in VCT centers, Kassala and North Kordofan States, Sudan: Original article

Magda E. Ahmed, Moawia E. El-haboub, Musa A.O. Mohammed,*

Magda E. Ahmed1, Moawia E. El-haboub2, Musa A.O. Mohammed3,*

1. Primary Health Care and Health Education Center, Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira, Sudan

2. Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira, Sudan

3. Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Public and Environmental Health, University of Kordofan, Sudan, *musay.kassala@gmail.com

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Abstract

The quality of HIV/AIDS voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services attributed to adherence to what is approved and enacted by national and international guidelines for HIV/AIDS voluntary counseling and testing, as well as providing continuous training for service providers, providing basic infrastructure for service delivery centers, and including: preparing counseling rooms, laboratories, waiting rooms, and IEC materials. A cross-sectional descriptive institutional-based study was conducted in June 2016, aimed to assessment of the quality of HIV/AIDS voluntary counseling and testing services in Kassala and North Kordofan States. A total sample size of VCT providers (n = 41) was selected from all VCT centers in both states. Observation checklist and two self-administered questionnaires, and checked for consistency having closed questions were distributed to “counselors and nurse” and lab technicians. The findings showed that All VCT centers had used a rapid test strategy for HIV testing. All admission clients who have had HIV testing undergo to post-counseling session. Most VCT provides had received training in VCT. All lab rooms in VCT centers had adequate area, hand washing supplies, disinfection, and sterilization system, a good lighting and aerification system, safe biohazard waste disposal. There was a significant correlation relationship between experience duration and training of VCT providers (P = 0.010). There was a significant correlation relationship between job title and training of VCT providers (P = 0.008). This study recommends that: design a comprehensive training course on VCT should be included in their training curricula to promote the services of VCT and promote the concepts of total quality among service providers.

Keywords: Quality, HIV/AIDS, voluntary, counseling testing, centers, Kassala, Kordofan.

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