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Table 1 The overall description of the characteristics of respondents, as well as characteristics by province

From: Malaria programme personnel’s experiences, perceived barriers and facilitators to implementing malaria elimination strategy in South Africa

Variable Overall (n = 148) Limpopo (n = 70) Mpumalanga (n = 38) KZN (n = 40) p value
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Age in yearsa
 ≤ 30 8 (5.4) 4 (5.8) 2 (5.3) 2 (5.0)  
 31–44 47 (32.0) 25 (36.2) 12 (31.6) 10 (25.0)  
 45–59 76 (51.7) 31 (44.9) 21 (55.3) 24 (60.0) 0.797
 ≥ 60 16 (10.9) 9 (13.0) 3 (7.9) 4 (10.0)  
Home language
 Afrikaans 4 (2.7) 2 (2.9) 1 (2.6) 1 (2.5)  
 English 2 (1.4) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.6) 1 (2.5)  
 SePedi 22 (14.9) 20 (29.0) 2 (5.1) 0 (0.0)  
 SeSotho 5 (3.4) 4 (5.8) 1 (2.6) 0 (0.0)  
 SiSwati 17 (11.5) 0 (0.0) 17 (43.6) 0 (0.0)  
 XiTsonga 43 (29.1) 28 (40.6) 15 (38.5) 0 (0.0) 0.001
 TshiVhenda 16 (10.8) 15 (21.7) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.5)  
 IsiXhosa 1 (0.7) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.5)  
 IsiZulu 38 (25.7) 0 (0.0) 2 (5.1) 36 (90.0)  
Gender
 Male 116 (78.4) 49 (71.0) 30 (76.9) 37 (92.5) 0.025
 Female 32 (21.6) 20 (29.0) 9 (23.1) 3 (7.5)  
Education level attained
 Postgraduate 19 (12.8) 10 (14.5) 6 (15.4) 3 (7.5)  
 Basic degree/diploma 28 (18.9) 15 (21.7) 7 (18.0) 6 (15.0) 0.413
 Secondary level 99 (66.9) 44 (63.8) 26 (66.7) 29 (72.5)  
 Primary level 2 (1.4) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (5.0)  
Job designation
 Manager 6 (4.1) 2 (2.9) 3 (7.9) 1 (2.5)  
 EHP 25 (16.9) 14 (20.0) 6 (15.8) 5 (12.5)  
 Entomologist 3 (2.0) 2 (2.9) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.5)  
 Team Leader 87 (58.8) 42 (60.0) 23 (60.5) 22 (55.0)  
 Microscopist 15 (10.1) 9 (13.0) 4 (10.5) 2 (5.0) 0.037
 Other 12 (8.1) 1 (1.4) 2 (5.3) 9 (22.5)  
Years of experiencea
 ≤ 9 44 (29.9) 23 (33.8) 16 (41.0) 5 (12.5)  
 10–19 23 (15.7) 9 (13.2) 6 (15.4) 8 (20.0) 0.237
 20–29 47 (32.0) 20 (29.4) 12 (30.8) 15 (37.5)  
 ≥ 30 33 (22.5) 16 (23.5) 5 (12.8) 12 (30.0)  
SAMEC membera
 Yes 2 (1.4) 0 (0.0) 1 (2.6) 1 (2.5) 0.28
 No 145 (98.6) 68 (100) 38 (97.4) 39 (97.5)  
  1. aOne individual with missing value i.e. N = 147 rather 148 for these variables