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: Sudan Fertility Survey
Executive agency: Department of Statistics, Ministry of National Planning
Date of fieldwork: 1978-79
Universe: Ever-married women, -50
Coverage: North Sudan, 100%
Weights: Self-weighting within domains
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + FOTCAF module
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 68,602, self-weighting within domains); Community
The survey was carried out in North Sudan only, representing 60 per cent of the
An extended household survey was conducted to discover: basic characteristics,
nuptiality, fertility, housing and environmental conditions, and ownership of
modern durables. A set of derived variables on household composition has been
added to the file. Within a 1-in-3 subsample of households, all ever-married
women aged less than 51 were approached for interview. These households were
interviewed by female interviewers; the remaining two-thirds of the households
were interviewed by men.
The WFS core questionnaire was extended to include the FOTCAF module.
The community survey covered location, utilities, transportation and
communications, health and educational services, and local organizations.
The questionnaires were in simplified classical Arabic, with a dialectal Arabic
version of individual questionnaires also available if needed.
The data file for the community survey is not available at the DDB.
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. Omar El-Tay
Department of Statistics
Ministry of National Planning
P.O. Box 700
Democratic Republic of Sudan
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. Ministry of National Planning, The Sudan Fertility Survey 1979: Principal
Report, Khartoum, 1982.
2. Rizgalla, M.K., Evaluation of the Sudan Fertility Survey 1979, WFS
Scientific Reports no 72, 1985.
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