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Table 1 Social demographic characteristics of 402 undernourished children admitted at bugando medical centre

From: Prevalence of undernutrition and risk factors of severe undernutrition among children admitted to Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania

Characteristics Number (N = 402) Percentage (100 %)
Child age (Month)
 6 - 12 128 31.8
 13 – 24 147 36.6
  ≥ 25 127 31.6
Child Sex
 Male 229 57.0
 Female 173 43.0
Vaccination of the child
 Complete 358 89.1
 Incomplete 41 10.2
 None 3 0.7
Age of weaning(month)
  < 6 267 66.4
  ≥ 6 135 33.6
Caretaker education
 Non-formal 83 20.6
 Primary 266 66.2
 Secondary 36 9.0
 College/university 17 4.2
Parents Occupation
 Peasant 237 58.9
 Employed 49 12.2
 Business 116 28.9
Parental Marital status
 Single 53 13.2
 Married 318 79.1
 Divorced 24 6.0
 Widowed 7 1.7
Family Size
  < 6 294 73.1
  ≥ 6 108 26.9