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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of study cohort (n = 601).

From: Longitudinal study of urban malaria in a cohort of Ugandan children: description of study site, census and recruitment

Characteristic Summary (No. (%))
Relationship to primary caregiver  
   Child (Mother) 406 (68%)
   Child (Father) 59 (10%)
   Niece/Nephew 60 (10%)
   Grandchild 52 (9%)
Born and raised in Kampala 484 (81%)
Anthropometric indices  
   Mean height for age Z-score (SD, range) -0.63 (1.2, -2.9 – 6.1)
   Mean weight for height Z-score (SD, range) -0.29 (0.9, -2.8 – 5.3)
   Height for Age < -2SD 48 (8%)
   Weight for Height < -2SD 10 (2%)
Haemoglobin electrophoresis  
   AA 502 (84%)
   AS 99 (17%)
Low G6PD activity*  
   Males 50 (16%)
   Females 30 (10%)
Mean haemoglobin at enrollment (SD, range) 11.8 (1.4, 6.8–15.7)
   Anaemia (Hb<11 g/dl) 144 (24%)
   Moderate anaemia (Hb<8 g/dl) 6 (1%)
Asymptomatic parasitaemia 101 (17%)
Symptomatic malaria§ 15 (3%)
Gametocytes present 43 (7%)
  1. Children < 8 years (n = 446)
  2. *Less than 118 mU/10^9 erythrocytes per manufacturer
  3. §Symptomatic malaria defined as positive blood smear and temperature ≥38.0°C or history of fever in last 24 hours.