Skip to main content

Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the schoolchildren in the intervention (HELP) and control schools*

From: Developing and evaluating health education learning package (HELP) to control soil-transmitted helminth infections among Orang Asli children in Malaysia

Characteristics HELP Control
N 172 145
Male/Female 82/90 73/72
Age (years)a 9 (8, 11) 9 (7, 11)
Fathers’ education level (at least 6 years) 106 (61.6) 77 (53.1)
Mothers’ education level (at least 6 years) 80 (46.5) 59 (40.7)
Working fathers 55 (32.0) 42 (29.0)
Working mothers 8 (4.7) 10 (6.9)
Low household income (<RM500) 112 (65.1) 99 (68.3)
Large family size (>7 members) 84 (48.8) 80 (55.2)
Piped water supply 86 (50.0) 83 (57.2)
Electricity 134 (77.9) 117 (80.7)
Presence of toilet in house 82 (47.7) 83 (57.2)
Trichuriasis 164 (95.3) 141 (97.2)
Ascariasis 90 (52.3) 73 (50.3)
Hookworm infection 63 (36.6) 45 (31.0)
Mixed STH infections 106 (62.7) 85 (59.0)
  1. All values are number (%).
  2. aMedian (Interquartile range).
  3. *No significant differences in the variables and characteristics between intervention and control schools.