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: Ghana Fertility Survey
Executive agency: Central Bureau of Statistics
Date of fieldwork: 1979-80
Universe: All women, 15-49
Coverage: National, 100%
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + FOTCAF and family planning modules
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 28,825, self-weighting)
This country was chosen as the site for an extensive pilot survey of the WFS
core questionnaire and FOTCAF module (see reference 3 below). Partly as a
result of this experience, it was decided to use a largely male field force for
The fieldwork duration was prolonged to 14 months because of political and
industrial crises. Nine printed linguistic versions of the questionnaire were
used, but despite this effort, the use of interpreters was found necessary in
about 15 per cent of interviews, particularly in the north of the country.
In addition to the FOTCAF and most of the family planning module, the abortion
module was used and the SR file contains a complete non-live birth history.
Other miscellaneous country-specific information includes: place of and medical
assistance with delivery of last two births; whether current marriage is
monogamous or polygynous (but not respondent's rank); whether husband lives in
the same household; and desired spacing of next child.
The household file includes a set of derived variables on household
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:
Dr. Kwaku A. Twum-Baah
Central Bureau of Statistics
P.O. Box 1350
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 file for the standard recode data. ISSA format
Ascii text file
1. Central Bureau of Statistics, Ghana Fertility Survey 1979-80: First
Report, Accra, 1983.
2. Owusu, J.Y., Evaluation of the Ghana Fertility Survey 1979-80, WFS
Scientific Reports no 69, 1984.
3. Gaisie, S.K., Child-Spacing Patterns and Fertility Differentials in Ghana,
in Page, H.J. and R.J. Lesthaeghe, eds Child Spacing in Tropical Africa:
Traditions and Change, Academic Press, 1981.
4. Singh, S., J.Y. Owusu and I.H. Shah, eds Demographic Patterns in Ghana:
Evidence from the Ghana Fertility Survey 1979-80, ISI, 1985.
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