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Fuel for cooking and heating: Other

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CHOTHER indicates whether the household uses some other fuel for cooking and heating. The meaning of "other" depends on the types of fuel specified in a given sample.

The information in CHOTHER is taken from the household record applies to household residents, not temporary visitors. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis and using the RESIDENT variable when women, children, and births are the unit of analysis.


Apart from universe differences and slight differences in question wording, CHOTHER is largely comparable across samples.

Comparability - Standard DHS

CHOTHER is a country-specific household variable not included in the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • India 1998: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • South Africa 1998: All women age 15-49.
  • India: 1998-W, 1998-C, 1998-B, 1998-H
  • South Africa: 1998-W, 1998-C, 1998-B, 1998-H