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Investigating infecund population [message #264] Thu, 04 April 2013 14:56 Go to next message
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I am currently trying to investigate the infecund population for various West African countries

I have based my code for infecund women (Burkina Faso 2010) on the Stata code provided on this web page http://www.measuredhs.com/topics/Unmet-Need.cfm.

When running the part of the code for infecund women (Burkina Faso 2010) I can't seem to get the same number of infecund women when comparing the variables listing infecundability (v623, v624, v625, v626). I was wondering if it was possible to get hold of the coding for these variables to see what the differences are? I understand that contraceptive users are not in the infecund category in V624 and v626 but they do not seem to account for the missing women in my code.

Which is the best indicator for the level of infecund or menopausal women?
Re: Investigating infecund population [message #265 is a reply to message #264] Thu, 04 April 2013 15:00 Go to previous message
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Here is a response from one of our DHS experts Trevor Croft, that should answer your question.

First, just to be clear, V623-V626 correspond to older definitions of unmet need that are no longer used. The new definition is stored in variables V625A (for infecundity) and V626A (for unmet need). These exist in the Burkina Faso 2010 dataset, however they do not exist in older datasets but can be produced using the survey-specific code that is on the Unmet Need web page that you already found. [Note that there is general code and survey specific code on that page. The general code provides the code needed assuming there are no survey specific questionnaire changes. The survey specific code includes all survey specific adaptations that were needed.]

So, in comparing your code I would look at V625A for the women classified as fecund according to our definition.

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