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Known source for ORS: Public health center (Burkina Faso)

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ORSBF1 indicates whether, in response to an open-ended question, the woman reported a public medical center as a source for oral rehydration solution (ORS). ORS is typically used to treat dehydration in individuals with diarrhea. This response is country-specific to Burkina Faso.

Some samples in the "ORS" series include categories that can be consolidated into a single response. IPUMS-DHS uses supplemental programming to combine these responses in a standard variable while preserving the separate responses in country-specific variables.

ORSBF1 is combined with ORSBF2 (Center for Health and Social Advancement) in ORSPUBHC (all public health centers) for the 1993 Burkina Faso sample. IPUMS-DHS users interested in using ORSBF1 are encouraged to review ORSPUBHC for a more comprehensive response category.


ORSBF1 has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

A question about sources of ORS is included in Phase II of the standard DHS questionnaire.

Although ORSBF1 is a country-specific response, this variable is combined with other responses in ORSPUBHC, a variable that encompasses all public health centers as a source for ORS. IPUMS-DHS users are encouraged to review the Description tab of ORSBF1 or the Comparability tab of ORSPUBHC for more information on the specific categories combined for Burkina Faso 1993.


  • Burkina Faso 1993: Women age 15-49, who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey, who have ever heard of ORS and who did not prepare an ORS solution in the last 2 weeks.
  • Burkina Faso: 1993-C, 1993-B, 1993-W