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Table 2 Demographics of ASHAs participating in the training program

From: Evaluation of a training program of hypertension for accredited social health activists (ASHA) in rural India

  Rishi Valley West Godavari Trivandrum Combined
Age (years)     
  < 20 1 (13.0%) 1 (7.0%)
 20–30 2 (50.0%) 2 (29.0%) 4 (27.0%)
 30–40 2 (50.0%) 2 (29.0%) 2 (50.0%) 6 (40.0%)
  > 40–50 2 (29.0%) 2 (50.0%) 4 (27.0%)
 Median age 29 38 40 36
Education     
 Class 10 and 11 4 (100%) 5 (71.0%) 1 (25%) 10(67.0%)
 Class 12 2 (29.0%) 3 (75%) 5 (33.0%)
Knowledge of English     
 Communicate well by reading and writing 1 (25.0%) 4 (56.5%) 3 (75.0%) 8 (53.0%)
 Only read 2 (50.0%) 2 (29.0%) 4 (27.0%)
 Do not communicate in English 1 (25.0%) 1 (14.5%) 1 (25.0%) 3 (20.0%)
Median age starting work as an ASHA (years) 21.5 21 31.5 23
Proportion of ASHAs having other paid duties* 1 (25.0%) 3 (43.0%) 4 (27.0%)
ASHA work experience (years)     
  ≤ 2 2 (50.0%) 2 (29.0%) 4 (27.0%)
 3–6 1 (25.0%) 1 (14.5%) 2 (13.0%)
  > 6 1 (25.0%) 4 (56.5%) 4 (100%) 9 (60.0%)
 Mean work experience 7 12 7 9.5
ASHA usual working hours*     
  < 2 2 (50.0%) 2 (29.0%) 4 (27.0%)
 2–4 1 (25.0%) 1 (14.5%) 2 (13.0%)
 4–6 3 (42.0%) 4 (100%) 7 (47.0%)
  > 6 1 (25.0%) 1 (14.5%) 2 (13.0%)
Regular use of mobile phones 4 (100%) 7 (100%) 4 (100%) 15 (100%)
Proportion who share a phone with family members 2 (50.0%) 5 (71.0%) 7 (47.0%)
Ability to operate a smart phone 1 (25.0%) 1 (14.5%) 3 (75.0%) 5 (33.0%)
  1. *Excludes unpaid household duties