The Demographic and Health Survey is mainly concerned with the determination of fertility, infant mortality rates and closely related issues. Questions surrounding respondent’s background, reproduction, contraception, health and breastfeeding, marriage, fertility preferences, and husband’s background and woman’s work were asked. This study consists of two datasets, one household dataset and the other an individual dataset, the respondent being a female of reproductive age that has already given birth or who is married or exposed to pregnancy. Females qualifying for the individual interview schedule were chosen from the responses to household (cover) questionnaire.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data
Unit of Analysis
Households and individuals
Version 1: Edited, anonymised dataset for public distribution
The DHS collected data from women respondents on their place of residence, age, education level, religion and language, type of dwelling, reproduction, maternal health and breastfeeding, contraception, marriage, fertility, women's employment and husband's background
The survey had national coverage
The lowest geographical unit is magisterial district
The universe of the survey was female housheold members aged 12 to 49, who had given birth or were pregnant, or had been/were married or in a "steady" relationship.
Producers and sponsors
Human Sciences Research Council
Random samples of clusters of households, representative of the main lifestyles in every participating state or region were selected.
Human Sciences Research Council [HSRC], Demographic and Health Survey 1987, South Africa [dataset]. Version 1. Pretoria: HSRC [producer],1987. Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2014. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25828/090x-7e53