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Table 2 Background characteristics of parents/caregivers of children aged 2–59 months admitted in public hospitals in the Lake Zone (N = 1130)

From: Morbidity and mortality of children aged 2–59 months admitted in the Tanzania Lake Zone’s public hospitals: a cross-sectional study

Background characteristics Number (%)
Sex
 Male 86 (7.6)
 Female 975 (86.3)
 Missing 69 (6.1)
Age [mean, (SD)] years 28.8 (SD = 7.5)
Current marital status
 Never married 51 (4.6)
 Married (monogamous) 827 (73.9)
 Married (polygamous) 139 (12.4)
 Othera 102 (9.1)
Education status
 Never in school 166 (14.7)
 Some primary 803 (71.1)
 Above primary 151 (13.3)
 Missing 10 (0.9)
Employment status
 Salaried 778 (68.8)
 Unemployed 213 (18.9)
 Subsistence farmer 70 (6.2)
 Self-employed/wage earners 58 (5.1)
 Missing 11 (1.0)
Relationship to the child
 Parent 1043 (92.3)
 Kin or other 47 (4.2)
 Missing 40 (3.5)
  1. aWidow, divorce, separate