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Table 2 Characteristics of MCH handbook respondents in Mirbachakot and Kama districts of Afghanistan from August 2017 to April 2018

From: Home-based records for poor mothers and children in Afghanistan, a cross sectional population based study

  Mirbachakot
(n = 849)
Kama
(n = 1094)
Total
(n = 1943)
Wealth categoriesa
 Poorest 280 (32.9%) 442 (40.4%) 722 (37.3%)
 Least poor 567 (67.7%) 515 (47.1%) 1082 (55.7%)
 Not known 2 (0.3%) 137 (12.5%) 139 (7.2%)
Wealth quintileb
 Poorest [1] 137 (16.1%) 224 (20.5%) 361 (18.7%)
 2 143 (16.8%) 218 (19.9%) 361 (18.6%)
 3 169 (19.9%) 192 (17.6%) 361 (18.6%)
 4 246 (29.0%) 115 (10.5%) 361 (18.6%)
 Least poor [5] 152 (17.9%) 208 (19.0%) 360 (18.5%)
 Not known 2 (0.24%) 137 (12.5%) 139 (7.2%)
Maternal education
 No education 597 (70.3%) 927 (84.7%) 1524 (78.4%)
 Primary 101 (11.9%) 48 (4.4%) 149 (7.7%)
 Secondary+ 107 (12.6%) 63 (5.8%) 170 (8.8%)
 Not known 44 (5.2%) 56 (5.1%) 100 (5.2%)
Maternal age
 16-19y 40 (4.7%) 34 (3.1%) 74 (3.8%)
 20-24y 279 (32.9%) 301 (27.5%) 580 (29.9%)
 25-29y 271 (31.9%) 269 (24.6%) 540 (27.8%)
 30-34y 171 (20.1%) 260 (23.8%) 431 (22.2%)
 35 + y 88 (10.4%) 230 (21.0%) 318 (16.4%)
Parity
 1 162 (19.1%) 142 (13.0%) 304 (15.7%)
 2–6 588 (69.3%) 702 (64.2%) 1290 (66.4%)
 7+ 99 (11.7%) 250 (22.9%) 349 (18.0%)
Age of child
  < 1 m 101 (11.9%) 4 (0.37%) 105 (5.4%)
 1 m 151 (17.8%) 118 (10.8%) 269 (13.8%)
 2 m 110 (13.0%) 101 (9.2%) 211 (10.9%)
 3 m 106 (12.5%) 140 (12.8%) 246 (12.7%)
 4 m 84 (9.9%) 145 (13.3%) 229 (11.8%)
 5 m 85 (10.0%) 165 (15.1%) 250 (12.9%)
 6 m 212 (25.0%) 421 (38.5%) 633 (32.6%)
Sex of child
 Female 412 (48.5%) 529 (48.4%) 941 (48.4%)
 Male 437 (51.5%) 565 (51.7%) 1002 (51.6%)
  1. MCH maternal and child health
  2. aWealth category = poorest = quintiles 1,2; least poor = quintiles 3,4,5
  3. b Quintiles calculated using principal components analysis [19]