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Table 2 Drinking water and hygiene of complementary foods of households 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

Environmental variables Frequency Percentage
Drinking water sources
 Improved 237 40.1
 Unimproved 354 59.9
Seasonality of water sources
 Permanent 69 11.7
 Temporarily 522 88.3
Home based water treatment
 Yes 20 3.4
 No 571 96.6
Types of complementary foods for the children
 Cow or goat milk 337 57.0
 Adults’ food 133 22.5
 Gruel 112 19.0
 Infant formula/Powder milk 9 1.5
Using unclean utensils to serve foods
 Yes 551 93.2
 No 40 6.8
Serving uncooked food for the children
 Yes 333 56.3
 No 258 43.7
Feeding children soon after food prepared   
 Yes 447 75.6
 No 144 24.4
Children ate leftover foods
 Yes 539 91.2
 No 52 8.8
How do you wash your hand
 With plain water 324 54.8
 With soap 267 45.2