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How HH stores salt

Codes and Frequencies

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SALTSTORAGE reports how the household stores its supply of salt, according to the observation of the interviewer.

The information in SALTSTORAGE 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.


Along with universe differences, SALTSTORAGE differs across samples in the number of response categories. To maximize comparability, IPUMS-DHS uses composite coding, with the first digit comparable across samples (e.g., whether the salt is stored in an open or closed container) and the second digit providing additional detail available in some samples.

Comparability - Standard DHS

SALTSTORAGE is a country-specific variable not included in the standard DHS household questionnaire.


  • Benin 2006: Women age 15-49 in households with a supply of salt observed by the interviewer.
  • Namibia 2000: Women age 15-49 in households with salt tested by the interviewer.
  • Benin: 2006-M, 2006-W, 2006-H, 2006-B, 2006-C, 2006-W
  • Namibia: 2000-W, 2000-C, 2000-H, 2000-B, 2000-M