Codes and Frequencies
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.