Women receiving counselling on infant feeding at first infant follow-up visit

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The percentage of HIV-infected women receiving counselling on infant feeding at their first infant follow-up visit.
What it measures

The indicator measures coverage of counselling efforts in infant feeding.
It is necessary to provide HIV-infected mothers with counselling on the feeding needs of their infants, the alternatives that are available and the different risks involved with each approach, in order that informed decisions can be made as to which approach is best in individual circumstances.

Rationale
Numerator

The number of HIV-infected women receiving counselling on infant feeding at their first infant follow-up visit.

Denominator

All HIV-infected women making their first infant follow-up visit.

Calculation
Method of measurement

Reviews of clinic records can be used to determine how many HIV-infected women have made their first infant follow-up visit during a specified period and how many of the records indicate that these women have been counselled on infant feeding.

Measurement frequency

Periodic

Disaggregation

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Explanation of the numerator
Explanation of the denominator
Strengths and weaknesses

One of the limitations concerns data collection methods. There is a reliance on record-keeping by facilities. It is assumed that all encounters in which there is counselling on infant feeding are covered by visit records and that women’s serostatuses are known. This indicator may seem to measure an intervention that takes place rather late in the process but it is considered preferable to asking about infant feeding intentions at the time of delivery.

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