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Table 8 Sociodemographic characteristics of women included in the study in Kandahar and Bamyan villages at baseline

From: Can community health worker home visiting improve care-seeking and maternal and newborn care practices in fragile states such as Afghanistan? A population-based intervention study

  Number (%) of mothers in Bamyan intervention and control villages at baseline (n = 709) Number (%) of mothers in Kandahar intervention and control villages at baseline (n = 699)
Mother’s age (mean, SD) (n = 1397) 27.8 (5.9) 28.8 (6.7)
Mother’s education level (n = 1408)
 None 502 (70.8%) 365 (52.2%)
 Primary (grade 6) 70 (9.9%) 237 (33.9%)
 Secondary (grade 9) 24 (3.4%) 24 (3.4%)
 High School (grade 12) 41 (5.8%) 6 (0.9%)
 University 26 (3.7%) 5 (0.7%)
 Madrassa 46 (6.5%) 62 (8.9%)
Ethnic language group (n = 1407)
 Dari 709 (100%) 0 (0%)
 Pashto 0 (0%) 699 (100%)
Husband/Partner’s education (n = 1408)
 None 272 (38.4%) 350 (50.1%)
 Primary (grade 6) 98 (13.8%) 212 (30.3%)
 Secondary (grade 9) 68 (9.6%) 51 (7.3%)
 High school (grade 12) 64 (9.0%) 25 (3.6%)
 University 70 (9.9%) 7 (1.0%)
 Madrassa 137 (19.3%) 54 (7.7%)
Husband/Partner’s occupation (n = 1370)
 Does not work 30 (4.4%) 33 (4.9%)
 Servant/household worker 4 (0.6%) 19 (2.8%)
 Farmer 345 (50.1%) 143 (21.0%)
 Livestock herder 4 (0.6%) 28 (4.1%)
 Labourer 118 (17.1%) 142 (20.9%)
 Street seller/vendor 2 (0.3%) 24 (3.5%)
 Shopkeeper 55 (8.0%) 238 (35.0%)
 Businessman 11 (1.6%) 15 (2.2%)