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: Nepal Fertility Survey
Executive agency: Family Planning and MCH Project, Ministry of Health
Date of fieldwork: 1976
Universe: Ever-married women, 15-49
Coverage: National, 98%
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation and family planning modules
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 31,971, self-weighting)
This survey was one of the two in the WFS programme to use male interviewers
for the administration of the individual questionnaire, the other being Ghana.
Female interviewers, however, were employed for fieldwork in the low altitude
zone (terai) of the country.
The content of the questionnaire deviates from the WFS core in two important
regards: a complete marriage history was not collected because re-marriage was
thought to be rare; method-specific questions on contraception were confined
to pill, IUD, sterilization, condom, abstention, 'other'; other named methods
were omitted because they were deemed offensive or assumed to be unknown.
Extensive information on contraception availability was collected (knowledge
of sources, travelling time to nearest source, recency of last visit,
satisfaction, etc. ) but its utility is limited by the low levels of knowledge
and use. The number and length of temporary spousal separations in the open and
last closed birth interval were ascertained. A complete history of non-live
births is available on the file.
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. Tara Bahadur Khatri
National Family Planning and Maternal-Child Health Project
P.O. Box 820
Public Use Files
Available files include the household data, 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
There is no machine-readable codebook for the Nepal household file.
The OPR library has a printed version of the dictionary.
1. Ministry of Health, Nepal Fertility Survey, 1976: First Report,
2. Nepal Family Planning and Maternal Child Health Project, Proceedings of
National Conference on Nepal Fertility Survey 1976, Kathmandu, 1977.
3. Goldman, N., A.J. Coale and M. Weinstein, The Quality of Data in the Nepal
Fertility Survey, WFS Scientific Reports no 6, 1979.
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