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Table 3 Socio-demographic characteristics of community health workers in the district of Djenné, Mali. Community health worker survey, April 2006 (n = 72).

From: The role of community health workers in improving child health programmes in Mali

Characteristics of the community health worker Number %
Sex   
Male 35 48.6
Female 37 51.4
Main activity   
Housework 31 44.3
Agriculture 34 48.6
other 5 7.1
Level of education   
Illiterate* 16 22.2
Literate in local language 17 23.6
Primary 37 51.4
Secondary 2 2.8
Capable to read and write   
In French 33 45.8
In Arabic 3 4.3
In local language 19 26.4
Doesn't know how to read nor write 17 23.6
Revenue generating activity   
Yes 39 54.2
No 33 45.8
Has received initial training   
March 2003 26 36.1
September 2005 46 63.9
  1. * Illiterate in local languages and French