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Dwelling sprayed by household member

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SPRAYEDMEM indicates whether the interior walls of the household dwelling were sprayed against mosquitoes by a member of the household in the past 12 months.

The information in SPRAYEDMEM is taken from the household record, linked to the record of the woman respondent. This information applies to household residents, not temporary visitors, so researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2").


Apart from universe differences, SPRAYEDMEM has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

The standard DHS household questionnaire includes questions about who sprayed the dwelling against mosquitoes in Phases VI and VII. The question was only included in countries with an organized spraying program to prevent the transmission of malaria. SPRAYEDMEM is a country-specific response category.


  • Cameroon 2011: Women age 15-49 in households selected for hemoglobin sample that have been sprayed against mosquitoes in the last 12 months.
  • Namibia 2006: Women age 15-49 in households in which the interior of the dwelling was sprayed against mosquitoes in the past 12 months.
  • Cameroon: 2011-H, 2011-W, 2011-C, 2011-B
  • Namibia: 2006-M, 2006-H, 2006-W, 2006-W, 2006-C, 2006-B