Table 1

Baseline characteristics of children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in Amhara region, north-west Ethiopia, 2016

VariablesFrequencyPercentage
Treatment facility
 Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital40123.73
 Debre Berhan Referral Hospital37322.07
 Gondar University Referral Hospital52731.18
 North Gondar rural health institutions38923.02
Sex
 Male77645.92
 Female91454.08
Age
 <2 years114867.93
>2 years54232.07
Residence
 Rural80861.35
 Urban50938.65
Breast feeding
 No35320.89
 Yes133779.11
Vaccination status
 Unvaccinated23019.79
 Vaccinated93280.21
Oedema
 Present44926.57
 Absent124173.43
Diarrhoea
 No111565.98
 Yes57534.02
Pneumonia
 No86466.41
 Yes43733.59
Anaemia
 No76258.57
 Yes53941.43
Tuberculosis
 Yes1078.22
 No119491.78
HIV status
 Positive545.75
 Negative88594.25
Antibiotics
 Given65750.31
 Not given64949.69
Folic acid
 Given85965.82
 Not given44634.18
Vitamin A
 Given68652.53
 Not given62047.47