Between April and June 2013, trained data collectors conducted structured surveys with all VHTs in the intervention group and with adult, female, revisit FP clients in the intervention and control groups.
First, we produced descriptive statistics for VHTs and clients in the intervention group.
All 36 VHTs and 137 of their family planning clients were surveyed in the intervention group; there were 119 client surveys in the control group.
2% of VHTs correctly said that HIV-positive women could safely use all FP methods, in another question 55.
All but two VHTs confirmed reporting to the same health center for both FP and HTC.
Over the six months preceding the survey, VHTs reported being unable to obtain HTC supplies on average 1.
VHTs were purposively sampled for inclusion in FGD with an intension to select those who were responsible for caring for mothers who participated in the in-depth interviews.
Four KIs were selected for in-depth interviews by virtue of their positions in the VHT structure: a) district health officer who oversees VHTs in the district, b) VHT district coordinator and c) two health centre supervisors of VHTs of Kyabugimbi subcounty.
KI interviews revealed that VHTs are expected to educate mothers about family planning, breast feeding, services offered to pregnant women during antenatal and postnatal visits, the danger signs in pregnancy and how to detect them as well as how to protect against communicable diseases.
VHTs summarized their maternal health role as helping pregnant mothers understand the signs of danger in pregnancy and the need to seek timely professional help.
Mothers reported that VHTs normally concentrate on pregnant mothers, but relax after mothers have delivered.
VHTs have done well in creating awareness of major indicators of maternal health among mothers.