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World Fertility Survey

WFS Data

Sudan (North), 1978-79 (WFS)

The following description of this survey appeared in the 1991 edition of Dynamic Database: A Catalogue of Survey Data Files, Voorburg: International Statistical Institute.

Basic Information

  • 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%
  • Size: 3115
  • Weights: Self-weighting within domains
  • Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + FOTCAF module
  • Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 68,602, self-weighting within domains); Community

Additional Information

The survey was carried out in North Sudan only, representing 60 per cent of the population.

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.

Release Conditions

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
Director General
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.

File Description File Type
sdhm03.dat Household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
sdhm03.dct Codebook for household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
sdsr05.dat Individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
sdsr05.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
sdsr05h.dat Individual standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file
sdsr05h.dic Standard ISSA dictionary for ISSA format data (ISSA program is required to use this file) Binary file (requires ISSA program to use this file) Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file

Key References

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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