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Table 3 Socio-demographic characteristics of the study district, involved health centres and communities

From: Strengthening primary health care at district-level in Malawi - determining the coverage, costs and benefits of community-directed interventions

Study arm Health centre/Village name Population in crude numbersa Number of householdsa Approximate distance to the health centre in kilometers Prominent
Total Under five Women of child bearing age Tribe Religion
  Mangochi District 1,099,666 179,109 242,325 199,110 Yao Islam
A. Intervention: EHP/PHC/CDI approach 1. Nankumba Health centre (22)b 27,349 4,649 6,290 4,791 Chewa Christian/Islam
a) Saiti Tiputipu 2,346 505 539 414 17
b) Kamangazula 369 64 75 69 11
c) Kansiya 460 90 106 103 24
d) Binali 2,279 485 592 433 35
2. Katuli Health centre (37)b 29,280 4,978 6,734 5,390 Yao Islam
a) Kwitunji 2,143 107 491 521 2
b) Mponda 811 137 186 198 2
c) Sokole 431 69 99 65 5
d) Kasanga 1,867 93 429 425 5
B. Control: EHP/PHC approach 3. Phirilongwe Health centre (20)b 21,859 3,716 5,028 4,878 Yao Islam
a) Makunula 2,486 508 520 689 7
b) Nankamwa 386 94 88 66 5
c) Chimwaza 434 100 100 74 3
d) Mtendere 251 60 60 56 9
4. Mase Health centre (27)b 31,419 5,341 7,226 6,459 Yao Islam
a) Itimu 1,860 244 893 395 2
b) Matenganya 2,761 469 635 586 4
c) Mbalula 690 139 388 199 6
d) Meso 864 108 414 218 3
  1. aFigures represent the entire catchment population sizes for the mentioned district, health centres and villages
  2. bNumbers in brackets represent total villages under each health centre catchment area
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