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Table 1 Characteristics of key informants

From: Community concepts of poverty: an application to premium exemptions in Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme

Indicators/District Metropolitan Rural Semi-urban Typically farming Typically fishing
Poverty incidence 27% 26% 63% 29% 47%
Major economic activity Trading Farming (cash crop) Farming(food crop) Farming (cash crop) Fishing
Number of households 186 179 161 109 105
Number of key informants 22 18 16 18 18
Characteristics of key informants (%)
Males 17 (77.2) 11 (61.1) 9 (56.3) 7 (38.9) 8 (44.4)
Females 5 (22.7) 7 (38.9) 7 (43.7) 11 (61.1) 10(55.6)
Minimum age 27 32 28 20 25
Maximum age 70 72 62 65 70
Average age 49 51 46 43 42
Education
None 4 (18.2) 2 (11.1) 3 (18.7) 3 (16.6) 8 (44.4)
Primary 2 (9.1) 1 (5.6)   5 (27.8) 3(16.7)
Middle/JHS 10 (45.5) 12 (66.6) 13 (81.3) 8 (44.4) 7 (38.9)
Secondary 3 (13.6) 3 (16.6)   1 (5.56)  
Tertiary 3 (13.6)    1 (5.56)  
Main occupation
Fisherman      7 (38.9)
Fishmonger      4 (22.2)
Farmer 4 (18.2) 15 (83.3) 7 (43.8) 8 (44.4) 1 (5.6)
Trader 4 (18.1) 1 (5.56) 7 (43.8) 8 (44.4) 1 (5.6)
Artisan 6 (27.3) 2 (11.1) 1 (12.5) 1 (5.6) 3 (16.7)
Laborer 2 (9.1)     2 (11.1)
Professional 4 (18.2)    1 (5.6)  
unemployed 2 (9.1)   1 (6.25)   
Marital status
Single 1(4.55)    1 (5.6) 2 (11.1)
Married 17 (77.27) 16(88.89) 8(50) 12 (66.6) 9 (50.0)
Divorced/separated 3 (13.64)   6 (37.5) 2 (11.1) 3 (16.7)
Widow(er) 1 (4.55) 2(11.11) 2 (12.5) 3 (16.6) 4 (22.2)
Religion
Christian 7 (31.8) 18 (100.0) 14 (87.5) 15(83.33) 17 (94.4)
Muslim 14 (63.6)   2 (12.5) 3 (16.67)  
None 1 (4.55)     1 (5.6)
Belongs to an association 5(22.73) 5(27.78) 4(25) 4(22.22) 11(61%)