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Table 1 Socioeconomic information of households (n = 591) in Hadaleala district, Afar region, northeast Ethiopia, April to May, 2015

From: Acute malnutrition among children aged 6–59 months of the nomadic population in Hadaleala district, Afar region, northeast Ethiopia

Variables Frequency Percentage
Age of mothers in years
 15–24 131 22.2
 25–34 311 52.6
  ≥ 35 149 25.2
Marital status of mothers
 Currently married 577 97.6
 Currently not married 14 2.4
Educational level of mothers
 No formal education 514 87.0
 Formal education 77 13.0
Occupational status of mothers
 Housewife 559 94.6
 Employed 32 5.4
Ethnic group of mothers
 Afar 537 90.9
 Oromo 44 7.4
 Amhara 10 1.7
Family size   
  ≤ 5. 252 42.6
  > 5 339 57.4
Household economic status
 Poor 382 64.6
 Medium 209 35.4
Age group of children
 6.0–11.0 72 12.2
 12.0–23.0 152 25.7
 24.0–35.0 138 23.4
  > 35.0 229 38.7
Sex of children
 Male 317 53.6
 Female 274 46.4
Number of children
 One 338 57.2
 Two 218 36.9
 Three 35 5.9