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Table 1 Recruitment criteria and summary of data collection plan

From: Primary caregivers, healthcare workers, teachers and community leaders’ perceptions and experiences of their involvement, practice and challenges of disclosure of HIV status to children living with HIV in Malawi: a qualitative study

Participants Sample size Eligibility criteria Recruitment location
One-on-one interviews and focus group discussions
 Primary caregivers, 6 focus groups • Parent of a child living with HIV or someone providing care to a child living with HIV between the ages of 6 to 12 years for more than six months
• 18 years or older
• Ability to provide informed consent
Antiretroviral therapy clinics
 Healthcare workers 7 one-on-one interviews • Working in children’s antiretroviral therapy clinics
• Being a nurse, counsellor or clinician
• Ability to provide informed consent
Antiretroviral therapy clinics
 Primary school teachers 6 focus groups • Teaching at a primary school
• Ability to provide informed consent
Primary schools
surrounding participating hospitals
 Community   leaders 7 one-on-one interviews • Living near the participating hospitals
• Being 18 years or older
• Having a certain responsibility within the community such as being a community-based organisation leader or a village headman
• Ability to provide informed consent
Communities surrounding participating hospitals
 Adolescents living with HIV 5 one-on-one interviews • Between 13 to 18 years old
• Living with HIV
• Aware that they have HIV
• Leader of children HIV support groups
• Ability to provide informed consent
Antiretroviral therapy clinics
Community support groups
surrounding participating hospitals