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: Pakistan Fertility Survey
Executive agency: Population Welfare Division, Ministry of Planning and Development
Date of fieldwork: 1975
Universe: Ever-married women, -50
Coverage: National, 93%
Weights: Self-weighting within domain
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 32,008, self-weighting within domains); Community (n = 193 rural clusters); Re-interview (n = 1200)
The household and individual surveys were conducted in a single field phase.
The individual questionnaire was printed in four local languages.
Unusually for a WFS survey, the precise mode of reporting date of each live
birth (month reported, season reported, month not reported) is preserved on the
SR file. A further unusual feature is the collection of the breastfeeding
duration for each child. A complete history of non-live births is on the SR
Additional information about contraception was collected: mass media exposure
to information; knowledge and use of supply sources; difficulties experienced;
whether visited by or met a family planning worker and, if so, how long ago;
reason for lack of future intention to use and reason for stopping last method.
It should be noted however that there was no probing for knowledge of
contraceptive methods with the probable result that contraceptive use is
The community survey collected information on the following characteristics of
each selected village in the rural domain: transportation, communication,
health, family planning, educational facilities and access to agricultural
infrastructure. Data were collected for 193 of the 200 clusters. The DDB does
not hold a file for this survey. The re-interview survey was never processed.
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. Khalil Siddiqui
Director General (M & S)
Population Welfare Division
Ministry of Planning and Development
Government of Pakistan
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.
Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format
Ascii text file
1. Population Planning Council of Pakistan, Pakistan Fertility Survey: First
Report, Islamabad, 1976.
2. Alam, I. and B. Dinesen, eds Fertility in Pakistan: a Review of Findings
from the Pakistan Fertility Survey, ISI, 1984. (Includes evaluation
3. Nizamuddin, M., Collecting WFS Community Data: the Pakistan Experience, in
J.B. Casterline, ed The Collection and Analysis of Community Data, ISI,
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