The fieldwork was unusually long (July 1977 - June 1978) due to climatic and
administrative problems. The Eastern Region (the jungle) was heavily
oversampled to allow reporting for this numerically small population. This was
the only Latin American WFS survey to use an ever-married sample. However,
single women (and women aged 50 or more) enumerated in the household survey
were asked about life-time fertility and date of last birth. Also included on
the household schedule were items on maternal and paternal orphanhood.
Supplementary MCH information was collected in the individual survey on the
last pregnancy/live birth: place of medical attention (if any) at pre-natal,
delivery and post-natal stages; whether the child had been vaccinated, Lengths
of full breastfeeding, post-partum abstinence and amenorrhoea were ascertained
for the penultimate but not last birth. A limited amount of additional
information about contraception was collected: source of supply of current/last
method and duration of use; reasons for stopping in open and last closed birth
interval. As part of a larger Response Errors project, a re-interview survey
of 1198 women was conducted. (See reference 3 below.)
Community-level data were collected for the selected clusters in rural and for
larger PSUs in urban areas. The presence of the following services/facilities
were recorded: health facility, types of school, piped water supply, sewerage,
electricity, transport, commercial and recreation centres, banks and security
services. Predominant and secondary economic activities were also recorded.
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:
Dra. Graciela Fernández Baca de Valdéz
Instituto Nacional de Estadística
Avenida 28 de Julio 1056
Public Use Files
Available files include 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.
1. Dirección General de Censos, Encuestas y Demografía, Encuesta Nacional de
Fecundidad del Perú, 1977-78: Informe General, Lima, 1979.
2. Céspedes, Y., Evaluation of the Peru National Fertility Survey 1977-78,
WFS Scientific Reports no 33, 1982.
3. O'Muircheartaigh, C.A., The Magnitude and Pattern of Response Variance in
the Peru Fertility Survey, WFS Scientific Reports no 45, 1984.
4. Young, F.W., B. Edmonston and N. Andes, Community-Level Determinants of
Infant and Child Mortality in Peru, Social Indicators Research 12(1),
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