The following description of this survey appeared in the 1991 edition of Dynamic Database: A Catalogue of Survey Data Files, Voorburg: International Statistical Institute.
Name of survey: Enquête National sur la Fécondité du Cameroun
Executive agency: Ministre de l'Economie et du Plan
Date of fieldwork: 1978
Universe: All women, 15-54
Coverage: National, 100%
Weights: Weighted to allow for unequal sampling within domains and for non-response
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + FOTCAF module
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 182,065, weighted); Community (n = 67 urban, 200 rural)
An expanded survey of households collected information on fertility and on
deaths in the preceding 12 months. Supplementary data on the structure of the
house and the services available (lighting, water and toilet) were also
recorded. A detailed set of derived variables on household composition have
been added to the file.
The fieldwork for the individual survey was carried out at the same time as the
household survey, on a subsample of women. The individual questionnaire was
available in 14 linguistic versions. Such is the linguistic complexity of the
country that the main survey was preceded by a special inquiry (see reference
The individual questionnaire deviates from the WFS core in its handling of
fertility preferences. Additional topics covered in the survey include: a
migration history; monogamous/polygynous status of the current marriage and
rank of the wife; delivery details for the last two live births; exceptionally
detailed questions on respondent's age/date of birth.
The community survey collected slightly different information for rural and
urban clusters. Included in both domains was information on: access to health
and other facilities; indicators of development and sanitation such as
electricity, water supply, and sewage and garbage disposal.
Data may be used for academic research, provided that credit is given
in any publication resulting from the research to the agency that
conducted the survey and that two copies of any publication are sent to:
Monsieur Thomas Komguep
Direction de la Statistique et de la
Ministère du Plan et de l'Aménagement
République Unie du Cameroun
Public Use Files
Available files include the household data and dictionary, and the individual standard recode data and dictionary, in the original WFS format. In addition, the individual standard recode data and dictionary dictionary are available in ISSA format.
The table below lists the file names and descriptions.
Codebook for community data (rural). Original WFS format
Ascii text file
1. Ministre de l'Economie et du Plan, Enquête National sur la Fécondité de
Cameroun 1978: Rapport Principal, Yaoundé, 1983.
2. Santow, G. and A. Bioumla, An Evaluation of the Cameroon Fertility Survey
1978, WFS Scientific Reports no 64, 1984.
3. Ware, H., Language Problems in Demographic Field Work in Africa: the Case
of the Cameroon Fertility Survey, WFS Scientific Reports no 2, 1977.
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