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HH member bought drugs/medicine from pharmacy or medical facility, past 12 months

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HHDRUGBUYMED indicates whether, in the past 12 months, a member of the household bought drugs (medicine) from a pharmacy or other medical facility.

The information in HHDRUGBUYMED 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 (with visitors coded "2") when women, children, or births are the unit of analysis, and using the HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis.


HHDRUGBUYMED has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

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


  • Ethiopia 2000: All women age 15-49.
  • Ethiopia: 2000-H, 2000-W, 2000-C, 2000-B, 2000-M