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Table 1 Socio-demographic and obstetrical characteristics, and HIV and referral status of the deceased women, (N = 141)

From: Maternal mortality at muhimbili national hospital in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in the year 2011

Characteristic Number Percent
Age (Years)   
 <20 14 9.9
 20-24 33 23.4
 25-29 43 30.5
 30-34 29 20.6
 ≥ 35 22 15.6
Level of education   
 No formal education 9 6.4
 Primary education 116 82.3
 Secondary education or higher 16 11.3
Marital status   
 Single 14 9.9
 Married/cohabiting 125 88.7
 Divorced 2 1.4
Occupation   
 Housewife 76 53.9
 Petty trader 30 21.3
 Peasants 28 19.9
 Employee (Paid contract) 7 5
Gravidity   
 1 46 32.6
 2 31 22
 3 27 19.1
 4 20 14.2
 ≥ 5 17 12.1
HIV status   
 HIV Positive 29 20.6
 HIV Negative 72 51.1
 Not known 40 28.4
Referral froma   
 Municipal hospitals 98 77.2
 Other health facilitiesb 29 22.8
  1. a14 deceased mothers were attending care at Muhimbili National Hospital.
  2. bThis includes hospitals in Coast region and private hospitals and health centres in Dar-es-Salaam.