Effect of a congregation-based intervention on uptake of HIV testing and linkage to care in pregnant women in Nigeria (Baby Shower): A cluster randomised trial

Echezona E. Ezeanolue, Michael C. Obiefune, Chinenye O. Ezeanolue, John E Ehiri, Alice Osuji, Amaka G. Ogidi, Aaron T. Hunt, Dina Patel, Wei Yang, Jennifer Pharr, Gbenga Ogedegbe

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Background: Few effective community-based interventions exist to increase HIV testing and uptake of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in pregnant women in hard-to-reach resource-limited settings. We assessed whether delivery of an intervention through churches, the Healthy Beginning Initiative, would increase uptake of HIV testing in pregnant women compared with standard health facility referral. Methods: In this cluster randomised trial, we enrolled self-identified pregnant women aged 18 years and older who attended churches in southeast Nigeria. We randomised churches (clusters) to intervention or control groups, stratified by mean annual number of infant baptisms (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e692-e700
JournalThe Lancet Global Health
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2015


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