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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants (7363 individuals from 1815 households) from nine villages in Budondo sub-county, Uganda

From: Free versus purchased mosquito net ownership and use in Budondo sub-county, Uganda

Variables Frequency, n (%)
Age [mean (SD)] 20.9 (18.5)
Gender
 Female 3999 (54.3)
 Male 3363 (45.7)
Pregnant 184 (2.4)
Child ≤ 5 years of age 1879 (23.5)
Household member size [mean (SD)] 4.4 (2.6)
Knowledge of malaria: where does malaria come from?
 No answer 379 (20.87)
 Mosquitoes 1354 (74.6)
 Contaminated water 16 (0.88)
 Dust 14 (0.77)
 Cold 8 (0.44)
 Dirty environment, poor hygiene 15 (0.83)
 Other 29 (1.60)
Perceived benefits of bed net
 No opinion 251 (13.8)
 Less mosquito bites, less malaria 1524 (84.0)
 Warmth, more comfortable 27 (1.5)
 Less other insect bites 6 (0.3)
 Other 7 (0.4)
Perceived barriers to use of bed net
 No barriers 575 (31.7)
 Cost 915 (50.4)
 Access 42 (2.3)
 Too warm, less comfortable 98 (5.4)
 Constricting, little space 1 (0.1)
 Waiting for governmental net distribution 111 (6.1)
 Other 73 (4.0)
Number of sleeping spaces
 1 424 (23.4)
 2 534 (29.4)
 3 419 (23.1)
 4 196 (10.8)
 5 97 (5.3)
 6 65 (3.6)
 ≥ 7 80 (4.4)
Individual net use
 Individuals having no net to sleep under 5335 (72.5)
 Individuals have a net to sleep under, but it was not hanging during home inspection 742 (10.0)
 Individuals have a net to sleep under, and it was hanging during home inspection 1286 (17.5)