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Woman agrees to referral for anemia

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BIOFANEMIAREF (V458) indicates whether the respondent agreed to be referred for treatment after hemoglobin blood tests revealed anemia. According to the DHS Recode Manuals, "In case[s] where the anemia level is severe, respondents are asked whether this information can be given to a doctor at a specified health facility for follow up."


BIOFANEMIAREF (V458) has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

BIOFANEMIAREF (V458) is included in Phase IV forward of the standard DHS questionnaire. However, very few samples collected and distributed information for this variable.


  • Madagascar 2003: Women age 15-49 in households selected for hemoglobin measurements.
  • Madagascar: 2003-W, 2003-C, 2003-B, 2003-W