MATERIALS AND METHODS
A cross-sectional study using a qualitative approach was conducted in Paletwa township from December 2015 to February 2016. Among those areas which had granted to secure, good communication skills, and responsiveness of village women, nine clusters with similar travel route were included. After assembling the village based on transportation ability, village (easy to reach and not easy to reach) was selected by random. The research team used a multistage sampling procedure to select 9 villages in Paletwa township. In each selected village, the eligible women with under 2 years old children (n=72) were purposively selected to join 9 focus group discussions and 9 mothers participated in-depth interviews. Each FGD lasted one and a half hour conducted by one trained moderator/ facilitator and two note-takers. At each and every village, focus groups were scheduled to encompass all work shifts. One trained local interpreter attended the FGDs to minimize the language barrier. Moreover, the team recruited 9 midwives and 9 auxiliary midwives for key informant interviews using pre-tested guidelines which lasted 45 minutes to one hour. Guidelines covered knowledge, perception and practices related to MNCH care. Participants were assured anonymity and confidentiality of their responses. All sessions were audio-recorded supplemented by manual note-taking. After transcribing, coding was done by using ATLAS.Ti software. Two researchers reviewed the trans- cripts and identified themes and subthemes. Triangulation was done for meaningful interpretations of findings from FGDs and KIIs.
The Ethics Review Committee of Department of Medical Research approved this study. All interviews were done following the written and informed consent.