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Table 4 Quotes on Kids Club attendance

From: Importance of support groups to the health and well-being of vulnerable children and young people living with HIV: a case study of the Kids Clubs program in Haiti

Club attendance is a priority
“Because I’m attached to the club, I come every time.” (Member of 9- to 12-year-old club, Hôpital Immaculée Conception des Cayes)
“I feel comfortable in the club, I have a lot of good times, I want to stay for as long as it exists.” (Member of 18-year-old + club, Hôpital Sacré Coeur de Milot)
“When the time comes, steal or borrow, the child must come to the club [laughter]. Even if you are doing the laundry, you have to leave it and go to the club.” (Caregiver of member of 9- to 12-year-old club, Hôpital Sacré Coeur de Milot)
Reasons for missing club meetings or dropping out
“The difficulties are when … I hear shots and people run from one side to the other. At this moment, it is difficult to find a bus to reach the meeting on time.” (Member of 9- to 12-year-old club, Hôpital Immaculée Conception des Cayes)
“The difficulty that we find is the transportation fee, because there are some of us who don’t have a mother or father; if we don’t have money to pay a vehicle or motorcycle, it’s difficult to come to the club.” (Member of 18-year-old + club, Hôpital Sacré Coeur de Milot)
“The only problem [with attendance] is when you go to pick up the child when he is attending a school course, when he is in examination period … This may cause him to miss a day and not come. But if there is no school, there is no problem.” (Member of 9- to 12-year-old club, Hôpital Immaculée Conception des Cayes)
“Sometimes I am sick [and can’t come to a club meeting].” (Member of 9- to 12-year-old club, Hôpital Saint Damien Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs)
“The children who miss the meetings more are some in the 18-year-old + groups because some of them work, and some of them have finished secondary school and go to college.” (Nurse coordinator, Group D)
“A reason that causes children [to stop attending the club meeting], for the girls, is they get pregnant. Sometimes they are moved to live farther away or their parents leave the department.” (Nurse coordinator, Group A)