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Knows of pregnancy complication: Bad-smelling vaginal discharge

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ANKNOWDISCH indicates whether the respondent reported bad-smelling vaginal discharge as a symptom during pregnancy that requires immediate care.

Comparability — Index



In addition to universe differences, there are significant differences in question wording in ANKNOWDISCH. See below for country-specific comparability.

Comparability - Standard DHS

ANKNOWDISCH is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.

Comparability — Bangladesh [top]

The 2000 Bangladesh survey first asks an open-ended question about complications during pregnancy, childbirth, and after delivery that require medical treatment. This is followed by a series of closed-ended (yes/no) questions asking whether the respondent has heard of the specific complications. The 2000 Bangladesh survey includes "bad smelling vaginal discharge" as a response category.

The 2004 Bangladesh survey asks an open-ended question about complications during pregnancy, delivery, and after delivery that may cause death to the mother. The 2004 Bangladesh survey includes "foul-smelling discharge with fever" as a response category.


  • Bangladesh 2000: Ever-married women age 10-49.
  • Bangladesh 2004: Ever-married women age 10-49.
  • Bangladesh: 2000-C, 2000-B, 2000-W, 2004-C, 2004-B, 2004-W