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Known source for female condoms: Health Surveillance Assistant (Malawi)

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HCFMW6 indicates whether the woman reported a "health surveillance assistant (HSA)" as a source for female condoms. This response category is country-specific to Malawi.

Some samples in the "HCF" series include categories that can be consolidated into a single response. IPUMS-DHS uses supplemental programming to combine these responses in a standard variable while preserving the separate responses in country-specific variables.

HCFMW6 is combined with HCFMW8 (CBDA/door-to-door) in HCFPUBFW (all public fieldworkers) for the 2010 Malawi sample. IPUMS-DHS users interested in using HCFMW6 are encouraged to review HCFPUBFW for a more comprehensive response category.


HCFMW6 has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

An open-ended question on known sources for female condoms is included in the standard DHS questionnaire in Phases IV forward.

Though HCFMW6 is a country-specific response, this variable is combined with other responses in HCFPUBFW, a variable that encompasses all public fieldworkers as sources of female condoms. IPUMS-DHS users are encouraged to review the Description tab of HCFMW6 or the Comparability tab of HCFPUBFW for more information on the specific categories combined for Malawi 2010.


  • Malawi 2010: All women age 15-49.
  • Malawi: 2010-W, 2010-C, 2010-B, 2010-W