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Table 2 Baseline information of the participants enrolled in the Food by Prescription program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2013

From: Factors influencing adherence to the food by prescription program among adult HIV positive patients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a facility-based, cross-sectional study

Variable Frequency Percent
RUF beneficiaries* (Patients’ perceptions)
 Given only to HIV + adults and children 436 72.6
 All malnourished children and adults 186 31.0
 HIV + adults with weight loss 266 44.3
 HIV + adults with a sign and symptomatic disease 83 13.8
 I don’t know 33 5.5
Had regular follow-ups
 Yes 495 82.5
 No 105 17.5
Reason for not coming*
 Not told 44 41.9
 Not necessary 15 15.2
 Far from home 17 16.2
 Othersa 29 30.5
Informed on treatment duration
 Yes 439 73.2
 No 161 26.8
Prescribed RUF per day
 ≤2 sachets 430 71.7
 >2 sachets 170 28.3
Duration of stay in the program (in months)
 <3 380 63.3
 3–4 121 20.2
 ≥4 99 16.5
Appetite test done before enrolment
 Yes 394 65.7
 No 206 34.3
Food security status
 Food insecure 328 54.6
 Food secureb 272 45.4
Nutritional status
 SAM 183 30.5
 MAM 378 63.0
 Weight loss and symptomatic diseases 39 6.5
  1. *values exceeded 100 percent because of multiple responses; a = includes social reasons like death of family member, being busy, illnesses, transportation cost and side effects; b = answered no for the 9 occurrence question; RUF (Ready-to-Use Foods); SAM (Sever Acute Malnutrition); MAM (Moderate Acute Malnutrition).