Codes and Frequencies
MONTHINT_AF (V006_AF) reports the calendar month the interview took place, according to the Solar Hijri calendar. This variable is only available for the Afghan samples.
MONTHINT_AF (V006_AF) has no comparability problems across Afghan samples.
All standard date variables in Afghanistan DHS samples are given in the Solar Hijri calendar. The Solar Hijri calendar year consists of 12 months of 29 to 31 days. The first 6 months (Hamal through Sonbola) each contain 31 days, the following 5 months (Mizan through Dalvae) each contain 30 days, and the last month (Hut) contains 29 days (30 in a leap year). The Solar Hijri calendar begins on the March equinox, which usually falls around March 21 in the Gregorian calendar. In general, the Solar Hijri calendar is 621 or 622 years behind the Gregorian calendar.
Comparability - Standard DHS
MONTHINT_AF (V006_Af) is included in every phase of the standard DHS questionnaire for Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan 2015: Ever-married women age 15-49.