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Table 1 Pre-study comparison of demographics and severe acute malnutrition prevalence and treatment program data in two health zones of Mirriah District, Niger in June 2013

From: Mothers screening for malnutrition by mid-upper arm circumference is non-inferior to community health workers: results from a large-scale pragmatic trial in rural Niger

Health Zone Dogo (Mothers Zone) Takieta (Community Health Workers Zone) p-value
Population <5 years (Total Population) 9 908 (37 389) 8 867 (33 449) ---
Percentage of population >15 km from health center 39 42 ---
Prevalence of severe acute malnutritiona June 2013 4.4 4.7 0.43
Point coverage June 2013, n (%) 76/258 (29.5) 54/190 (28.4) 0.81
Top 3 barriers to coverage ranked by frequency cited June 2013 Previous rejection of a child Previous rejection of a child ---
Poor reception at health center Child not perceived as sick
Child not perceived as sick Poor reception at health center
Admissions for severe acute malnutrition April to December 2012 (Percentage of population <5 years) 1 047 (10.6) 902 (10.2) ---
Percentage of severe acute malnutrition admissions receiving in-patient care, April to December 2012 21.6 27.8 0.001
  1. aSevere acute malnutrition defined as mid-upper arm circumference <115 or presence of bilateral pitting edema