PRECALTERMCMC_AF (V242_AF) is a 4-digit numeric variable.
9996 = Inconsistent
9997 = Don't know
9998 = Missing
9999 = NIU (not in universe)
For women who had any pregnancies terminated through abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth prior to the survey's birth calendar, PRECALTERMCMC_AF (V242_AF) reports the century month date of the last pregnancy termination before the start of the birth calendar, according to the Solar Hijri calendar. This variable is only available for Afghan samples.
For information on how to interpret and calculate century month dates, see DOBCMC.
PRECALTERMCMC_AF (V242_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
PRECALTERMCMC_AF (V242_AF) is included in Phase IV forward of the standard DHS recode for Afghan samples.
- Afghanistan 2015: Ever-married women age 15-49 who have had a pregnancy terminated through abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth prior to the start of the survey calendar.