n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Socio-cultural factors and knowledge of tuberculosis related to late presentation at antenatal care among pregnant mothers in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Tuberculosis is the most prevalent disease for women during their childbearing age 15-44 years. Despite the implementation of Basic Antenatal Care (BANC) world-wide, mothers still present late at Antenatal Care (ANC) facility. Using descriptive research design, this study described the socio-cultural factors and knowledge about TB associated with late presentation at ANC among pregnant mothers. A representative sample of pregnant and breast feeding mothers diagnosed with Tuberculosis were selected from ten hospitals in Limpopo Province. Data were analysed using Tech's method. The findings revealed that TB stigma, link of Tuberculosis with HIV, poverty, poor support, use of THs/TBAs, religion and limited knowledge were associated with late presentation at antenatal care. There is a need for urgent health education campaign to convince the general population that TB is curable.

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