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Source of household's salt

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SALTSOURCE reports where the household got its cooking salt. For many surveys, a sample of the household's cooking salt was tested for iodine levels.

The information in SALTSOURCE is taken from the household record and applies to regular household residents, not temporary visitors. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2") when women, children, or births are the unit of analysis, and using the HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis.


Apart from universe differences, SALTSOURCE has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

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


  • Namibia 2000: Women age 15-49 in households with salt that was tested.
  • Namibia 2006: All women age 15-49.
  • Namibia: 2000-B, 2000-W, 2000-M, 2000-C, 2000-H, 2006-H, 2006-B, 2006-W, 2006-W, 2006-M, 2006-C