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Symptom of malaria: Diarrhea

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MLSYMDIA indicates whether, in response to an open-ended question, the woman reported diarrhea as a symptom of malaria.

The related variable MLSYMVOMDIA indicates whether the female respondent reported vomiting or diarrhea as a symptom of malaria.

Comparability — Index



Apart from universe differences and slight differences in question wording (described below), MLSYMDIA is largely comparable across samples.

Comparability - Standard DHS

MLSYMDIA is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.

Comparability — Tanzania [top]

The 2015 Tanzania asks specifically about symptoms of malaria in a young child.


  • Guinea 1999: Women age 15-49 who have heard of malaria.
  • Mali 2018: All women age 15-49.
  • Tanzania 2015: All women age 15-49.
  • Guinea: 1999-C, 1999-B, 1999-W
  • Mali: 2018-W, 2018-C, 2018-B, 2018-W
  • Tanzania: 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B, 2015-W