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Type of container used to prepare ORS

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ORSCONTAINER reports the type of container the respondent used when preparing an ORS mixture.

Comparability — Index

Sri Lanka


Apart from universe differences and slight differences in question wording, ORSCONTAINER is largely comparable across samples.

Comparability - Standard DHS

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

Comparability — Nepal [top]

According to the DHS Final Report for the 1996 Nepal sample, "[A] woman who mixed a full packet of Jeevan Jal with one litre, or two manas, or six tea glasses of water is considered as having prepared Jeevan Jal correctly." ORSWATERAMT reports the number of containers the respondent used to prepare the ORS solution.

Comparability — Sri Lanka [top]

The 1987 Sri Lanka questionnaire asked women who indicated the ORS packet should be mixed with 1 liter of water how they measure the water. Response categories included 2.5 soda water bottles, 1 1/3 bottles arrack, 5 tea cups, and 1 liter vessel. Each of these container and amount combinations should equal 1 liter.


  • Nepal 1996: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have ever prepared ORS using a whole packet.
  • Sri Lanka 1987: Ever-married women age 15-49 who gave birth in the 5 years before the survey, have ever prepared ORS for their children, and know one packet should be mixed with 1 liter of water.
  • Sudan 1989: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have ever prepared ORS.
  • Nepal: 1996-W, 1996-C, 1996-B
  • Sri Lanka: 1987-W, 1987-C, 1987-B
  • Sudan: 1989-W, 1989-C, 1989-B