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Table 4 Characteristics of community medicine distributors

From: Profiling the best-performing community medicine distributors for mass drug administration: a comprehensive, data-driven analysis of treatment for schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and soil-transmitted helminths in Uganda

Variable All CMDs CMDs in ≤ 50th percentileb CMDs in > 50th percentileb CMDs who treated no one
(n = 59) (n = 30) (n = 29) (n = 6)
Baseline altruism, no. (%) 8 (13.56) 3 (10.00) 5 (17.24) 0 (0)
In-group bias, no. (%) 28 (47.46) 11 (36.67) 17 (58.62) 1 (16.67)
Sought friends w/formal (high) status, no. (%) 18 (30.51) 12 (40.00) 6 (20.69) 2 (33.33)
CMD selected in community meeting, no. (%) 26 (44.07) 11 (36.67) 15 (51.72) 3 (50.00)
CMD selected by local council (vill. gov.), no. (%) 30 (50.85) 17 (56.67) 13 (44.83) 2 (33.33)
CMD selected by village health team, no. (%) 3 (5.08) 2 (6.67) 1 (3.45) 1 (16.67)
CMD’s friends help with MDA, no. (%) 44 (74.58) 20 (66.67) 24 (82.76) 5 (83.33)
Years as CMD, mean (Std. Dev.) 8.71 (4.53) 8.07 (4.62) 9.38 (4.43) 5.5 (4.76)
Age, mean (Std. Dev.) 42.86 (10.07) 40.20 (8.08) 45.62 (11.26) 41 (9.21)
Female, no. (%) 30 (50.85) 18 (60.00) 12 (41.38) 4 (66.67)
Education, mean (Std. Dev.) 8.29 (1.91) 8.07 (1.82) 8.52 (2.01) 8.17 (1.60)
Majority tribe, no. (%) 30 (50.85) 15 (50.00) 15 (51.72) 4 (66.67)
Majority religion, no. (%) 31 (52.54) 17 (56.67) 14 (48.28) 4 (66.67)
Farmer, no. (%)a 44 (74.58) 25 (83.33) 19 (65.52) 4 (66.67)
Fisherman/fishmonger, no. (%)a 5 (8.47) 1 (3.33) 4 (13.79) 0 (0)
Formal status: current/former local council (village gov.) member, tribe/clan/religious leader, or beach management committee member, no. (%) 16 (27.12) 6 (20.00) 10 (34.48) 2 (33.33)
Household uses protected drinking water source, no. (%) 47 (79.66) 21 (70.00) 26 (89.66) 5 (83.33)
Household owns private home latrine, no. (%) 51 (86.44) 26 (86.67) 25 (86.21) 5 (83.33)
Home quality score, mean (Std. Dev.)c 9.66 (2.73) 9.60 (2.54) 9.72 (2.96) 9.5 (2.26)
Years since household settled in village, mean (Std. Dev.) 22.98 (11.29) 22.27 (10.88) 23.72 (11.85) 25.33 (10.88)
  1. CMD community medicine distributor
  2. aBase category is “other” occupations
  3. b50th percentile of treatment rates achieved by CMDs = 17.95%. Treatment rates = % of eligible individuals within CMD’s village who the CMD treated with at least one drug of praziquantel, albendazole, or ivermectin
  4. cSum of all rankings (1–4) of materials for roof, floor, and wall (Additional file 1: supplementary methods)
  5. A summary of CMD network indicators is provided in Additional file 1: Table S3