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Table 5 Factors affecting acute malnutrition among children aged between 6 and 59 months 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 Acute malnutrition COR with 95% CI AOR with 95% CI
Yes No   
Number of children
 One 13 325 1  
 Two 35 183 4.78 (2.47, 9.27) 2.49 (1.06, 5.85)*
 Three 22 13 42.31 (17.52, 102.18) 12.87 (4.04, 41.00)**
Family size
  ≤ 5 37 215 1  
  > 5 33 306 0.63 (0.38, 1.03) 1.99 (0.95, 4.18)
Wealth status     
 Poor 58 324 2.94 (1.54, 5.61) 1.68 (0.72, 3.94)
 Medium 12 197 1  
Mothers’ occupation
 House wife 63 496 0.45 (0.19, 1.09) 0.20 (0.04, 1.05)
 Employee 7 25 1  
Water sources
 Protected 4 233 1  
 Unprotected 66 288 13.35 (4.80, 37.16) 3.78 (1.07, 13.34)*
Latrine availability
 Yes 4 104 1  
 No 66 417 6.61 (2.04, 21.40) 5.24 (1.19, 23.19)*
Hand washing** *
 With water only 66 258 1  
 With soap 4 263 0.06 (0.02, 0.17) 0.21 (0.05, 0.81)*
Children eat leftover foods
 Yes 61 478 0.61 (0.28, 1.31) 0.68 (0.23, 2.01)
 No 9 43 1  
Childhood diarrhea
 No 11 408 1  
 Yes 59 113 19.37 (9.85, 38.10) 2.72 (1.15, 6.40)*
Children ever vaccinated
 Yes 19 458 0.05 (0.03, 0.09) 0.15 (0.07, 0.31)**
 No 51 63 1  
Solid waste management
 Controlled 15 62 2.02 (1.08, 3.79) 1.89 (0.62, 5.75)
 Uncontrolled 55 459 1  
  1. *Statistically significant at p < 0.05 | **statistically significant at p < 0.001 | ***before food preparation and child feeding