Perceived opportunities and challenges of family and community members in supporting teen mothers in rural Eastern Uganda

Josephine Nabugoomu, Gloria K Seruwagi, Kitty Corbett, Susan Horton, Rhona Hanning

Abstract

There is tremendous need for feasible and acceptable community-based interventions to address poor nutrition and health among teen mothers in rural Eastern Uganda. To inform such interventions, we identified facilitators/opportunities and challenges for maternal/child nutrition and health at community level, as perceived by those closest to the problem.  In-depth interviews were conducted among 101 teens, family and community members in Budondo sub-county using questions based on social cognitive theory constructs related to nutrition/health. Data were analyzed thematically using Atlas-ti7.5.4. Facilitators included family support for positive teen decision-making regarding healthcare and practices and opportunities included income generation training and availability of healthcare services. Challenges included poor attitude of parents towards community workers, harsh treatment, inability to obtain income generation materials, insufficient land, food or medical supplies and medical understaffing. To exploit opportunities for improved maternal/child health and progress towards global sustainable development goals, this study points to needs for local action. (Afr J Reprod Health 2020; 24[3]: 88-100).

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