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SMART Methodology [message #14053] Wed, 07 February 2018 03:46 Go to next message
Sara Estecha Querol is currently offline  Sara Estecha Querol
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Dear Forum,

I was wondering whether the DHS datasets have used a Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART). I am interested in some anthropometric measures in order to carry analysis on children under age 5 malnutrition from developing countries. I would need datasets that have used the SMART Methodology, so age, sex, weight, height and mid-upper-arm circumference (MUAC) are key variables to my analysis. After careful examination of some datasets, I can't find the MUAC measure, so I am also wondering if any DHS datasets have collected this variable.

Thanks very much for your help.
Best wishes,

Sara Estecha Querol
European Commission
Food Security Unit
Re: SMART Methodology [message #15132 is a reply to message #14053] Thu, 07 June 2018 06:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Registered: February 2013
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Dear User,
Surveys which measured upper arm circumference:
Burundi DHS 2016-17
Colombia DHS 1995
Colombia DHS 2000
Colombia DHS 2005
Ghana DHS 1993
Ghana DHS 1998
Jordan DHS 1990
Lao DHS 2017 (MICS)
Myanmar DHS 2015-16
Papua New Guinea DHS 2017
Paraguay DHS 1990
South Africa DHS 1998
Namibia DHS 1992 (children)
Burkina Faso DHS 1993
Dominican Republic DHS 1991
Malawi DHS 1992
Niger DHS 1992
Peru DHS 1991-92
Philippines In-Depth 1993
Turkey DHS 1993
Yemen DHS 1993

Thank you!
Re: SMART Methodology [message #17944 is a reply to message #15132] Tue, 23 July 2019 10:02 Go to previous message
Jana_S is currently offline  Jana_S
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Registered: July 2019
I am planning to analyze anthropometric data including mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) in children. Using the search engine on the DHS website, 21 household surveys should include MUAC as a variable, but unfortunately most of these surveys only contain data for MUAC in women (usually variable "v436"), while data are frequently missing for children (usually variable "hw20").
Furthermore, some surveys use a variable that is not defined in the Recode Manual.
More specifically, the Burundi 2016-17 survey (DHS VII) has a variable called "SHB107A, brachial perimeter" which contains data that seem to match children's data. However, I couldn't find a clear definition in the recode manual or final report, and wonder whether it would be ok to assume them to be children's data or not.
Similarly, in the Lesotho 2014 survey (DHS VII), the final report states that MUAC was measured in children. However, I cannot find any plausible variable in the datasets (neither the household member recode nor the children's recode). There is a variable called "S102D, arm circumference" which is not defined in the recode manual, but this one seems to contain values that are rather from adults than from children.
If anyone has encountered similar problems: how did you deal with them? Is there any official document other than the recode manuals/maps and the final reports where I might find definitions for the variables?
I very much appreciate any help,
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