TABLE 1 Background Characteristics of Community Health Workers, Shurugwi and Chirumanzu Districts, Zimbabwe, 2013 (N = 322)
CharacteristicValue
Age, mean ± SD, years45.0 ± 8.8
 <40, No. (%)87 (27.0)
 40–50, No. (%)153 (47.5)
 >50, No. (%)82 (25.5)
Gender, No. (%)
 Female237 (73.6)
Marital status, No. (%)
 Currently married247 (76.7)
 Other75 (23.3)
Household size, mean ± SD4.82 ± 2.50
Educational level, No. (%)
 Primary (7 years)54 (16.8)
 Some secondary (8–10 years)101 (31.4)
 “O” Levela or higher (11+ years)167 (51.9)
Tenure as CHW, median (IQR), years3.2 (2.2, 11.1)
First experience with health education job, No (%)243 (75.5)
  • Abbreviations: IQR, interquartile range; SD, standard deviation; CHW, community health worker.

  • a Ordinary, or “O”, Level certificate examination is a terminal examination taken after 4 years of secondary education.