Table 1

Characteristics of sick young infants that sought care at UH&FWC (October 2015–December 2016)

Characteristic% (n)
n=4590
Age (in days)
 <7 days10% (451)
 7–28 days41% (1893)
 29–59 days49% (2246)
Sex of infant
 Male55% (2503)
 Female45% (2087)
Illness classification recorded by SACMO
 PSBI11% (514)
  Critical illness15% (78)
  Clinical severe infection59% (301)
  Isolated fast breathing (<7 days)26% (135)
  Isolated fast breathing (7–59 days)27% (1262)
 Local bacterial infection33% (1500)
 Other illness29% (1314)
Source of referral to UH&FWC
 Community volunteer47% (2153)
 Caregiver self-referred36% (1668)
 MOHFW provider9% (394)
 Informal provider5% (236)
 Other3% (139)
  • MOHFW, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; PSBI, possible serious bacterial infection; SACMO, Sub-Assistant Community Medical Officers; UH&FWC, Union Health & Family Welfare Centres.