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Table 3 Type and provider of initial care in fatal acute febrile Illness / malaria by age group, sex, socio-economic status, and type of illness in the Rufiji DSS sentinel area, 1999–2001

From: Care-seeking patterns for fatal malaria in Tanzania

Type of Care Provider Age Sex of Child Sex of HH Head Poverty Quintiles Convulsions
   <5 5+ Male Female Male Female Poorest Least Poor With Without
Modern Care Government 44.7% 31.1%** 46.4% 42.9% 38.6% 33.3% 42.6% 51.0% 55.6% 43.3%
  Home / Shops 20.0% 36.1%** 21.3% 18.6% 28.2% 31.9% 22.2% 15.7% 19.4% 20.1%
  Non-Government 14.1% 10.0% 12.2% 16.0% 12.6% 9.8% 9.3% 9.8% 2.8% 15.5%
Traditional Care TM at Practitioner 6.6% 6.5% 7.3% 5.8% 2.1% 2.9% 7.4% 5.9% 16.7% 5.3%*
  TM at Home 2.8% 1.7% 1.2% 4.5% 6.0% 7.8% 1.9% 3.9% 0.0% 3.2%
No Care None 11.9% 14.4% 11.6% 12.2% 12.0% 14.3% 16.7% 13.7% 5.6% 12.7%
   100% 33% 100.0% 100.0% 100% 100.0% 100% 100% 100% 95%
  Number 320 402 164 156 485 204 54 51 36 284
  Total   722   320   689   105   320
  1. * Significant at 5% level; ** Significant at 1% level TM Traditional Medicine or Practice HH Household. Note, 33 households had a change in headship during the study period and were excluded from the analysis in the sex of HH Head column.