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Factors Associated with discontinuing four Antenatal Care standard visits in Musanze: A facility & community-based cross-sectional study
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  • Fidele NIZEYIMANA,
  • Placide MUTABAZI,
  • Akram Muhammad,
  • Elbossaty Walaa Fikry
Nkumba University

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UNHCR Rwanda, Senior WASH assistant, Netherlands Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies. P.O. Box 1935 3000 BX Rotterdam-Netherlands
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Save the Children Rwanda
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Akram Muhammad
Government College University Faisalbad Pakistan
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Elbossaty Walaa Fikry
Damietta University
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Objective: To determine factors contributing to low level of attending the recommended four ANC visits. Design: The study was cross-sectional Setting: The study was quantitative and was conducted in Musanze health center and in its radiation zone. Data was collected using interview-administered questionnaire. Sample: The study enrolled 8 health providers and 67 lactating mothers who visited ANC service in 2018 and did not completed four ANC standard visits. Methods: The study adopted a stratified convenience method. All lactating mothers who did not completed four ANC visits participated in the research. Main outcome measures: The health providers who work in ANC services do not create awareness of importance of completing the four visits, do not support the husband to help a wife and urge her to complete the visits. Results: The study finds that 51% of the interviewed mothers did two ANC visits and 40% who did three ANC visits, 36% of the responded thought that 2 or 3 visits are enough, 21% delivered before the last appointment, 37% of nurses responded that the cause of discontinuance of four ANC is due to the mothers lie ANC service provider on the gestalt age. Conclusion: Factors proved to contribute to the discontinuance of four antenatal care standard visits include lack of awareness on the role of completing four ANC, believe of mothers, ignalence, lack of use of gravidomètre to guess gestalt age, lie on the last date of amenhorea. Findings: Authors’ fees