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Member of HH died in last 12 months

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HHDEATHYR (HV249) indicates whether any member of the household died in the 12 months before the survey.

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


HHDEATHYR (HV249) has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

HHDEATHYR (HV249) was included in Phase 5 of the standard DHS household questionnaire, as part of the HIV/AIDS module.

Questions 301-306 of the Standard Phase 5 questionnaire relate to the situation of orphans and vulnerable children and were only to be included in included in countries where HIV prevalence is higher than 5 percent or where more than 8 percent of children age 0-17 are orphans (i.e., one or both biological parents have died).


  • Congo (Democratic Republic) 2007: Women age 15-49 in households with at least one child age 0-17.
  • Malawi 2010: All women age 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2008: All women age 15-49.
  • Nigeria 2013: All women age 15-49.
  • South Africa 1998: All women age 15-49.
  • Uganda 2006: All women age 15-49.
  • Zambia 2007: All women age 15-49.
  • Zimbabwe 2005: All women age 15-49.
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2007-H, 2007-C, 2007-B, 2007-M, 2007-W
  • Malawi: 2010-W, 2010-M, 2010-C, 2010-B, 2010-H
  • Nigeria: 2008-W, 2008-M, 2008-C, 2008-H, 2008-B, 2013-W, 2013-M, 2013-C, 2013-H, 2013-B
  • South Africa: 1998-B, 1998-W, 1998-H, 1998-C
  • Uganda: 2006-B, 2006-W, 2006-M, 2006-C, 2006-H
  • Zambia: 2007-B, 2007-W, 2007-M, 2007-C, 2007-H
  • Zimbabwe: 2005-H, 2005-B, 2005-W, 2005-M, 2005-C