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Table 1 Household and mothers’/care takers’ characteristics in Shinille Woreda, Somali region, Ethiopia February-March, 2014 (n = 694)

From: Magnitude and factors associated with malnutrition in children 6–59 months of age in Shinille Woreda, Ethiopian Somali regional state: a cross-sectional study

Variable Frequency Percent
Household characteristics   
Head of the household:
 Male 654 94.2
 Female 40 5.8
Family size:
  ≤ 5 196 28.2
  > 5 498 71.8
Educational level of mother:
 Illiterate 503 72.5
 Literate 191 27.5
Educational level of father:
 Illiterate 236 34
 Literate 458 66
Occupation of mother:
 House wife only 375 54
 Merchant/Trade 139 20
 Private Organization 20 2.9
 Government 37 5.3
 Daily laborer 75 10.8
 Other (specify) 48 6.9
Ethnicity:
 Somali 651 93.8
 Others 43 6.2
Religion:
 Muslim 689 99.3
 Others 5 0.7
Monthly income:
  ≤ 750 546 78.7
  > 750 148 21.3
Mothers’/care takers’ characteristics
children ever born:
  ≤ 3 186 26.8
 4-5 329 47.4
  ≥ 6 179 25.8
Know about family planning:
 Yes 57 8.2
 No 637 91.8
Place of delivery:
 Home 557 80.3
 Health institution 137 19.7
ANC visit:
 Yes 150 21.6
 No 544 78.4
Extra food During pregnancy:
 Yes 148 21.3
 No 546 78.7