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Symptom of malaria: Headache

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

The related variable MLSYMHDACHDIZZ indicates whether the female respondent reported headache or dizziness as a symptom of malaria.

Comparability — Index



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

Comparability - Standard DHS

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

Comparability — Mali [top]

The 2018 Mali survey words this response category as "headache/migraine."

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.
  • Namibia 2006: Women age 15-49 who have heard of malaria.
  • Tanzania 2015: All women age 15-49.
  • Guinea: 1999-W, 1999-C, 1999-B
  • Mali: 2018-W, 2018-W, 2018-C, 2018-B
  • Namibia: 2006-W, 2006-W, 2006-C, 2006-B
  • Tanzania: 2015-W, 2015-W, 2015-C, 2015-B