FPSTERILDTCMC_NP is a 4-digit numeric variable.
9999 = NIU (not in universe)
For women who have been sterilized or whose partners have been sterilized, FPSTERILDTCMC_NP reports the century month code (CMC) for the date of their sterilization, according to the Nepali calendar. FPSTERILDTCMC_NP is country-specific to Nepal, as the data are recorded using Vikram Samvat, the official calendar in Nepal.
FPSTERILDTCMC_NP has no comparability problems across Nepali samples.
All standard date variables in Nepal DHS samples are given in the Nepali calendar. The Nepali calendar, or Vikram Samvat, is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months of 29 to 32 days each. According to the Gregorian calendar, the Nepali calendar begins in mid-April. Because the 12 months do not match the sidereal year, correctional months are occasionally added or subtracted. It is only possible to convert dates given in Vikram Samvat to the Gregorian calendar when the exact date (day, month and year) is available. Otherwise, it is only possible to approximate to the month. Vikram Samvat is approximately 56 years, 8 months, and 15 days ahead of the Gregorian calendar.
Comparability - Standard DHS
FPSTERILDTCMC_NP (V317_NP) is included in Phases I through III of the standard DHS questionnaire for Nepali samples.
- Nepal 1996: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have ever been sterilized, or whose partner has been sterilized.