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Table 3 Maternity home characteristics by district and facility type

From: Experiences with and expectations of maternity waiting homes in Luapula Province, Zambia: a mixed–methods, cross-sectional study with women, community groups and stakeholders

  District (Facility type)
Mansa (CRHCs) Chembe (CRHCs) Samfya (CRHCs) Samfya (MH)
N = 10 N = 1 N = 4 N = 2
Structural Characteristics, Continuous: mean (median)
 Number of rooms 1.1 (1.0) 1.0 (0.0) 1.0 (1.0) 2.5 (2.5)
 Number of postpartum beds 1.1 (2.3) 2.0 (0.0) 1.0 (1.7) 14.0 (1.4)
 Number of toilet facilities 1.4 (1.0) 0 (0.0) 0.33 (0.0) 2.5 (2.5)
Structural Characteristics, Categorical: n (%)
 Flooring material: cement 10 (100.0) 1 (100.0) 4 (100.0) 2 (100.0)
Roofing material
 Metal/iron sheets
 Calamine/cement fiber
9 (90.0)
1 (10.0)
1 (100)
0 (0.0)
4 (100)
0 (0.0)
2 (100.0)
0 (0.0)
Wall material
 Cement blocks
 Bricks
 Cement
7 (70.0)
0 (0.0)
3 (30.0)
0 (0.0)
0 (0.0)
1 (100.0)
0 (0.0)
1 (100.0)
0 (0.0)
0 (0.0)
1 (50.0)
1 (50.0)
Electricity source
 National grid (ZESCO)
 None
9 (90.0)
1 (10.0)
1 (100.0)
0 (0.0)
1 (25.0)
3 (75.0)
2 (100.0)
0 (0.0)
Electricity present at assessment visit 8 (80.0) 1 (100.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (100.0)
Goods/Services available, n (%)
 Mattresses 7 (70.0) 1 (100.0) 2 (50.0) 2 (100.0)
 Beds 3 (30.0) 1 (100.0) 2 (50.0) 2 (100.0)
 Linens 2 (20.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (100.0)
 Cooking pots 3 (30.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (50.0) 0 (0.0)
 Plates 3 (30.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (50.0) 0 (0.0)
 Spoons 1 (10.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (100.0)
 Cooking utensils 4 (40.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (50.0) 0 (0.0)
 Bed nets 1 (10.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (100.0)
 Telephones 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
Water and Sanitation, n (%)
Main water source
 Protected borehole
 Piped water
9 (90.0)
1 (10.0)
0 (0.0)
1 (100.0)
2 (50.0)
1 (25.0)
0 (0.0)
2 (100.0)
Type of toilet facilities
 Flush/pour flush to piped sewer system
 Flush/pour flush to septic tank
 Ventilated improved pit latrine
 Pit latrine with slab
7 (70.0)
3 (30.0)
0 (0.0)
0 (0.0)
1 (100.0)
0 (0.0)
0 (0.0)
0 (0.0)
0 (0.0)
0 (0.0)
1 (25.0)
1 (25.0)
0 (0.0)
1 (50.0)
0 (0.0)
1 (50.0)
Toilet facility is shared with other facilities 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (50.0) 0 (0.0)
  1. CRHC Community Rural Health Centre, MH Mission Hospital