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Table 2 Socio-demographic profile and prevalence of health care seeking behaviour for children with childhood illnesses

From: Health care seeking behaviour for children with acute childhood illnesses and its relating factors in sub-Saharan Africa: evidence from 24 countries

Characteristics N (98,590) % Seek treatment for sick child (n = 44,627) 45.3% P value
Seek treatment for sick child
 No 53,963 54.7   
 Yes 44,627 45.3   
Sex of child
 Female 48,569 49.3 44.4%  
 Male 50,020 50.7 46.1% 0.000
Maternal education
 No formal education 34,229 34.7 42.0%  
 Primary 37,023 37.6 46.5%  
 Secondary plus 27,338 27.7 47.8% 0.000
Maternal age
 15–24 29,727 30.2 46.6%  
 25–34 47,408 48.1 44.9%  
 35–49 21,454 21.8 44.2% 0.000
Marital status
 Never married 6203 6.3 47.9%  
 Ever married 92,387 93.7 45.1% 0.000
Wealth status
 Poorest 22,700 23.0 44.4%  
 Poorer 21,969 22.3 45.3%  
 Middle 19,666 20.0 45.7%  
 Richer 18,370 18.6 45.8%  
 Richest 15,884 16.1 45.3% 0.010
Maternal occupation
 Not working 31,390 31.8 42.6%  
 Working 67,200 68.2 46.5% 0.000
Media access
 No access 39,428 40.0 42.2%  
 Have access 59,162 60.0 47.3% 0.000
Place of residence
 Rural 70,111 71.1 45.3%  
 Urban 28,478 28.9 45.2% 0.777
Distance to health facility
 Experience no difficulty/not a problem 59,969 60.8 46.7%  
 Experience difficulty/a problem 38,621 39.2 43.1% 0.000
Number of living children
 1–2 39,385 40.0 47.5  
 3–4 31,937 32.4 44.6  
 5+ 27,268 27.7 42.9 0.000