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Maternal Health 2015 [message #15520] Mon, 06 August 2018 07:08 Go to next message
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Registered: August 2018
Dear DHS Team,
I'm trying to access some maternal health variables like the number of antenatal visits in the 2015 DHS (Nigeria). However, the relevant variables such as m14_1 up to m14_6 are system missing, and their variable codes read: "na: number of antenatal visits during pregnancy", weirdly suggesting that they are "Not Applicable". Any help with resolving this will be highly appreciated.

Chijioke Nwosu.
Re: Maternal Health 2015 [message #15522 is a reply to message #15520] Mon, 06 August 2018 13:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Registered: February 2013
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Dear User, Please look at your frequencies for M14. One of the reasons you may be finding N/A for M14(n) in the data is that the information was only collected for the last born child who was eligible to be in the health section. If you look at Q412 you will see that it's only for the last born child. The questionnaire is in the back of the final report. This question appears in Appendix F, P456. You can download the report from our website: https:// rts.cfm
You may also want to look at the following resources: The Guide to DHS Statistics https:// ires-and-manuals.cfm,
The Standard Recode Manual https:// ires-and-Manuals.cfm,
using Datasets for Analysis and a series of videos to help
guide you with your analysis
The IUPMS website is also a great resource: For specific assistance with Stata, please visit
You may also want to search the forum for [url= orial/][url]
keywords which might help guide your analysis. After reviewing these resources, if you still have a question, please feel free to post
again. Thank you!

Re: Maternal Health 2015 [message #15767 is a reply to message #15522] Tue, 11 September 2018 16:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
boyle014 is currently offline  boyle014
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Registered: December 2015
Location: Minneapolis
Quick follow up on IPUMS DHS. If you use this website to download the data, you can instantly see (by clicking on a variable name) how the variable was constructed, how many missing cases it has, the survey text used to generate it, and more.

I find it easiest to select my samples of interest (Select Samples button) before browsing the variables because there are so many countries included in IPUMS DHS now.

To create a data file, you add samples and variables to your "Data Cart." When you want to download your data, click on "View Cart," and follow the instructions. Be sure to click "Change" to select the data format that works best for you.

Hope you find this helpful!

Professor Elizabeth Boyle
Sociology & Law, University of Minnesota, USA
Principal Investigator, IPUMS-DHS
Re: Maternal Health 2015 [message #15768 is a reply to message #15767] Tue, 11 September 2018 20:41 Go to previous message
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Registered: February 2013
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Yes. Thank you so much Dr. Boyle. Much appreciated.
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