Table 1

Comparative socio-economic, demographic and health indicators for the two study districts and for Malawi as a whole
Indicator Mangochi Mzimba Malawi
Population size/Density* 803,602/128 724,873/70 13,066,320/139
DPT3 coverage/All immunizations** 82.5%/59.5% 92.1%/72.3% 81.5%/64.4%
Coverage of IPTp (2 doses)** 67.2% 88.9% 80.7%
No. of women attending ANC** 66.6% 79.7% 70.3%
Maternal mortality rate*** 400/100,000 210/100,000 984/100,000
Infant mortality rate** 104/1,000 80/1,000 76/1,000
Fertility rate** 7.2 5.5 6.0
No. of health facilities per 100,000 population+ 5.1 4.3 4.7
No. of health workers (doctors/nurses/CHW per 100,000 population)+ 0.8/19.4/71.9 2.0/59.5/73.4 1.9/33.7/76.2
% of population with safe water*** 70% 74% 67%
Ethnicity*** Yao Ngoni Various
Predominant religion* Islam (72.2%) Christian (97.9%) Christian (82.7%)
Level of illiteracy among women* 43.6% 8.2% 54.7%
Major source of income*** Fishing Farming Farming
% children with fever** 36.8% 28.9% 37.9%
% children with fever treated within 24 hours** 24.7% 31.0% 28.4%
GDP% of population under the poverty line (1US$)++ 69.8% 67.5% 65.3%

Sources: *Malawi Census Report, 2008; **Malawi Demographic and Health Survey, 2004; ***District Social Economic Profiles for Mangochi and Mzimba, 2003; +A Joint Programme of Works, 2004 & ++Malawi Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, 2002.

Makaula et al.

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