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 Nationale Mauritanienne sur la Fécondité
Executive agency: Direction de la Statistique et de la Comptabilité Nationale
Date of fieldwork: 1981
Universe: Ever-married women, 12-50
Coverage: Sedentary population (65% of total)
Weights: Self-weighting within domains
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + FOTCAF module
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 85,987, self-weighting within domains)
The Mauritanian Fertility Survey is confined to the sedentary population.
Nomadic peoples were excluded, partly because of problems of access and partly
from the difficulty of defining a sampling frame.
The household and individual surveys were done on a single visit but by
different interviewers, male for the households, female for the individual
women. 1-in-4 eligible women found in the households was selected for the
The household survey ascertained basic characteristics of the household members
and details of life-time and current fertility for women aged 12 or more.
Characteristics of the household and head of household and details of deaths
in the preceding 36 months were also collected. A detailed set of derived
household composition variables have been added to the file.
As in the Nigerian and Benin WFS surveys, a modification of the FOTCAF module
was used, whereby information was gathered about live births rather than
pregnancy intervals. However, unlike Benin and Nigeria information was elicited
only for the open and last closed interval. In a major departure from the WFS
core questionnaire, prompted knowledge of contraceptive methods was omitted
with the probable consequence of under-reporting of use (see also Pakistan).
Place of and assistance at delivery of recently born children is recorded. The
existence of co-wives and respondents' rank are ascertained.
An ecological survey was also conducted but the data from this are not
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:
Mr. Isselmou ould Mohamed
Office National de la Statistique
Republique Islamique de Mauritanie
Public Use Files
Available files include the individual standard recode data and dictionary, and the supplemental survey data and dictionary, in the original WFS format.
The table below lists the file names and descriptions.
Codebook for supplemental survey data. Original WFS format
Ascii text file
1. Direction de la Statistique et de la Comptabilité Nationale, Enquête
Nationale Mauritanienne sur la Fécondité 1981, Nouakchott, 1984.
2. Cheik, Ould Sidi Abderrahmane, Evaluation de l'Enquête Nationale
Mauritanienne sur la Fécondité, (appendix: Mortality in Mauritania, I.
Timaeus), WFS Scientific Reports no 83.
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