It is believed that since HIV/AIDS receives more resources compared to maternal and child health, integrating it in maternal and child health services will strengthen the maternal and child health platform, which has remained weak over the years due to limited funding. Research indicates that majority of expectant women in most sub-Saharan African countries attend antenatal clinics.
Decision-makers in Africa are increasingly recognising the importance of applying evidence in policy and practice. However, actual evidence use remains sub-optimal due to many factors including weak networks between researchers and policymakers, ineffective dissemination of research evidence, weak capacity among policymakers to apply research evidence, and politics and individual interests, among others. In the