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Table 1 Characteristics of sick children presenting, referred & admitted to St. Francis Hospital

From: Paediatric referrals in rural Tanzania: the Kilombero District Study – a case series

Characteristic Children Attending Children referred
  (n = 7989*) Number (n = 235) (%) Admitted (n = 167) (%)
Age    
   < 1 year 3567 (45%) 142 (60%) 106 (63%)
   1 year 2332 (29%) 53 (23%) 37 (22%)
   2 years 1178 (15%) 24 (10%) 16 (10%)
   3 years 629 (8%) 9 (4%) 5 (3%)
   4 years 283 (4%) 7 (3%) 3 (2%)
Sex    
   Males 4033 (51%) 123 (53 %) 87 (52 %)
   Females 3915 (49%) 109 (47 %) 79 (48 %)
   Missing information 41 3 1
Diagnosis    
   Severe malaria 4687 (59%) 83 (35 %) 47 (28 %)
   Anaemia 219 (3%) 83 (35 %) 79 (47 %)
   ARI** 573 (7%) 17 (7 %) 14 (8 %)
   Acute diarrhoea 229 (3%) 6 (3 %) 4 (2 %)
   Other 2267 (28%) 46 (20 %) 23 (14 %)
   Missing information 14 0 0
Distance travelled (km)    
   <5 4887 (62%) 14 (6 %) 7 (4 %)
   5–10 2279 (29%) 64 (27 %) 45 (27 %)
   10–50 290 (4%) 70 (30 %) 58 (35 %)
   >50 459 (6%) 84 (36 %) 55 (33 %)
   Missing information 74 3 2
Referred by    
   Dispensary   146 (62 %) 108 (65 %)
   Private Doctors   52 (22 %) 29 (17 %)
   Health Centre   29 (12 %) 27 (16 %)
   Traditional Healer   5 (2%) 2 (1 %)
   VHW***   2 (1 %) 1 (1 %)
   Missing information   1 0
Time to reach SFDDH (days)    
   0–1   117 (52 %) 99 (63 %)
   2+   106 (48 %) 58 (37 %)
   Missing information   12 10
  1. *Age was unknown for 78 children (<1%), and these have been omitted from the analysis. **Acute Respiratory Infection ***Village Health Worker