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Table 2 Socio-demographic characteristics of the smothers/care givers and the children in a study of MAD intake and associated factors among children 6–23 months aged in Sub-Saharan Africa: based on 2010–2020 DHS

From: Minimum acceptable diet intake and its associated factors among children age at 6–23 months in sub-Saharan Africa: a multilevel analysis of the sub-Saharan Africa demographic and health survey

Variables Categories Frequency (n) Weighted Percentage (%)
Unweighted Weighted
Socio-demographic characteristics and health service utilization of the mothers
 Age of women (years) 15–19 7500 7305 9.30
20–35 59,774 59,541 75.81
36–49 11,873 11,696 14.89
 Sex of household head Male 60,808 60,929 79.71
Female 16,259 15,513 20.29
 Educational attainment of women No education 30,314 29,673 37.78
Primery education 27,104 26,888 34.23
Secondary & above 21,729 21,981 27.99
 Occupation of women Worked 23,008 22,214 29.44
Not working 53,010 53,239 70.56
 Marital status of mother Married 55,160 55,286 70.39
Not married 23,987 23,255 29.61
 House hold family size 1–4 21,823 22,124 28.17
5–10 47,473 46,784 59.57
>  11 9851 9633 12.26
 Media exposure No 30,381 29,187 37.21
Yes 48,670 49,261 62.79
 Pregnancy wontedness Wanted 56,314 55,767 71.02
Unwanted 22,820 22,765 28.98
 Place of delivery Home delivery 26,544 52,586 33.04
Health facilities 52,598 25,956 66.96
 ANC visits No ANC 12,715 12,304 16.07
At least one ANC 66,432 66,238 83.93
Child related characteristics
 Sex of child Male 40,056 39,657 50.49
Female 39,091 38,885 49.51
 Age of child 6–8 months 14,301 14,097 17.95
9–11 months 13,035 13,066 16.64
12–23 months 51,811 51,378 65.42
 Birth order < three 44,745 44,659 56.86
> three 34,402 33,882 43.14
 Plurality Single 76,478 75,940 96.69
Multiple 2669 2602 3.31
 Breast feeding status Not breastfed 16,232 16,039 20.51
breastfed 62,915 62,503 79.49
Community level variables
 Residence Urban 23,782 24,533 31.24
Rural 55,365 54,009 68.76
 Region in SSA Central Africa 14,682 14,064 17.91
East Africa 31,294 31,462 40.06
West Africa 31,216 31,130 39.64
South Africa 1955 1886 2.40
 Country income level Lower 51,015 51,329 64.46
Lower middle 21,503 21,209 27.17
Upper middle 6629 6003 8.38
 Survey year 2010–2012 12,558 12,292 15.87
2013–2015 26,898 26,310 33.98
2015–2019 39,691 39,939 50.15
 Community media exposure Low 39,529 38,619 49.17
High 39,618 39,923 50.83
 Community women education Low 39,567 38,640 49.2
High 39,580 39,901 50.8