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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of caregivers of children less than 10 years of age for the 'at-risk' villages (n = 1003) and 'control' villages (953) in Gilgel-Gibe dam area, southwestern Ethiopia, 2007

From: The influence of the Gilgel-Gibe hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia on caregivers' knowledge, perceptions and health-seeking behaviour towards childhood malaria

Variable Attribute 'At-risk'
Count (%)
'Control'
Count (%)
Relationship with the child Mother/father 977 (97.4) 919 (96.4)
  Other relatives 26 (2.6) 30 (3.2)
  Non relatives 0 4 (0.4)
Sex Female 882 (87.9) 771 (80.9)
  Male 121 (12.1) 182 (19.1)
Age group (years) <30 128 (12.8) 166 (17.4)
  ≥30 875 (87.2) 787 (82.6)
Marital status    
  Single 12 (1.2) 19 (2.0)
  Married 969 (96.6) 903 (94.8)
  Divorced 3 (0.3) 3 (0.3)
  Widowed 19 (1.9) 28 (2.9)
Educational level Illiterate 811 (80.9) 812 (85.2)
  Read and write only 120 (12.0) 104 (10.9)
  Elementary 68 (6.8) 30 (3.1)
  Secondary education 2 (0.2) 5 (0.5)
  Above secondary education 2 (0.2) 2 (0.2)
Occupation Farmer 965 (96.2) 948 (99.5)
  House wife 12 (1.2) 1 (0.1)
  Others 26 (2.6) 4 (0.4)
Type of house (roof) Thatched 887 (88.4) 830 (87.1)
  Corrugated iron sheet 116 (11.6) 123 (12.9)