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Table 4 Comparison of qualitative variables between households with and without a community health worker in the district of Djenné, Mali.

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

  Households without support from a community health worker † (n = 78)* Households with support from a community health worker (n = 323)* P value ±
Characteristics Number households % Number household %  
Caregiver in charge of child < 5      0.589
Mother 73 94.8 310 96.9  
Grand-mother 4 5.2 10 3.1  
Level of education      0.577
Illiterate 68 87.2 258 80.9  
Literate in local language 6 7.7 37 11.6  
Primary 4 5.1 22 6.9  
Secondary 0 0.0 2 0.6  
Principal occupation      0.842
Housework 74 100.0 313 98.1  
Other 0 0.0 6 1.9  
Revenue generating activity      0.304
Yes 35 45.5 123 39.0  
No 42 54.5 192 61.0  
Geographical accessibility in raining season **      0.39
Floodable 24 30.8 116 35.9  
Not floodable 54 69.2 207 65.1  
  1. Community health worker survey, April 2006
  2. † These are households that were found to have no CHW support even though this was planned. They were used as a control group. * Totals may not sum to n = 78 and n = 323 due to missing observations; ± missing data not included in the calculation; ** Months of the raining season which makes roads inaccessible: June to February