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Table 2 Socio-demographic characteristics of peer counsellors (N = 17)

From: Characteristics and experiences of peer counsellors in urban Dhaka: a structured interview study

Demographic variables   N Mean or Percentage
Age Mean (95% CI) 17 31.0 (27.5, 34.5)
20–24 1 6
25–29 9 53
30+ 7 41
Marital status Married 15 88
Separated/Widowed 2 12
Type of schooling No schooling 0 0
School and Madrasa 1 6
School 16 94
Highest level of schooling (grade) 8–10 11 65
11–14 6 35
Previous work Yes 11 65
No 6 35
Job BRAC 3  
Other NGO 3  
Other 5  
Number of children 1 7 41
2–3 10 59
Husbands age* Mean (95% CI) 16 40 (34.6, 44.0)
Husbands schooling School and Madrasa 3  
School 13  
Highest level of schooling Secondary 8  
College or higher 8  
Number in the household Mean (95% CI)   4.1 (3.3. 5.0)
1–3 5 29
4–6 11 65
7–9 1 6
Household wealth index Lower 2 12
Middle 12 71
Upper 3 18
Ever breastfed child? Yes 17 100
How long after birth Less than 1 h 12 71
Within 1st day 4 24
More than 1 day 1 6
Ever fed colostrum? Yes 15 88
Still breastfeeding child Yes 4 24
How old was the child when started on plain water Mean age in months (95% CI)   5.4 (4.1, 6.6)
<  4 months 5 29
4–6 months 4 24
➢ 6 months 8 47
Formula fed before 6 months Yes 10 59
Complementary** feeding before 6 months Yes 8 47
How old was the child when first started to give these foods to the child Mean age in months (95% CI)   5.4 (4.1, 6.6)
  1. *N = 16 (information on late husband was not provided by one peer counsellor)
  2. **complementary foods include fresh milk, semolina, cerelac, khichuri, banana and other solid foods
  3. CI: Confidence Interval