Codes and Frequencies
MLSYMCHILL indicates whether, in response to an open-ended question, the woman reported chills as a symptom of malaria.
Comparability — Index
Apart from universe differences and slight differences in question wording (discussed below), MLSYMCHILL is largely comparable across samples.
Comparability - Standard DHS
MLSYMCHILL is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.
Comparability — Namibia [top]
The 2006 Namibia survey includes "Chills" as a response category and "Cold" as a separate write-in response category. These two responses are consolidated in MLSYMCHILL to create a more comprehensive response category.
Comparability — Tanzania [top]
The 2015 Tanzania asks specifically about symptoms of malaria in a young child. The 2015 Tanzania survey includes "Feeling cold" and "Chills" as separate response categories. These two responses are consolidated in MLSYMCHILL to create a more comprehensive response category.
- Ghana 2016: All women age 15-49.
- Guinea 1999: Women age 15-49 who have heard of malaria.
- Namibia 2006: Women age 15-49 who have heard of malaria.
- Tanzania 2015: All women age 15-49.