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International demographic survey sets

Sets of international socioeconomic surveys coordinated by various organisations may be found on the Web. The results or data files are entirely or partially online.

Demographic and Health Survey (Measure DHS)

The oldest surveys go back to 1985. Technical documents and numerous publications can be found online, as well as information on how to obtain the survey files, subject to certain conditions. The statcompiler programme allows the investigator to pick for himself the variables necessary to build comparative results tables. Some surveys possess specific modules concerning AIDS, youth, gender relations, biological markers or geographical information systems. Specific modules on education have also been linked with DHS surveys as a part of the DHS EdData program which provides more complete information on this subject. DHS surveys have generated a considerable literature of review articles, varied publications and university work, more or less accessible on the Internet via search engines or databases. The survey reports are all available online on the website of Measure DHS.

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (UNICEF)

The MICS program (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey) began in 1998 in collaboration with The World Summit for Children. More than 66 countries take part and the data collected in these surveys concern nutrition, health, education, birthrate, family, child labour and AIDS. The third round of this survey is in progress.

World Fertility Survey (EMF/WFS)

The World Fertility Survey was the first large scale international programme of fertility surveys, carried out between 1972 and 1984 in 41 countries. The archives are kept at the Population Research Office at Princeton University. The Office provides a presentation of each survey and gives access to the data files, but not to the published survey reports which are merely cited.

Enquêtes sur la Mortalité Infantile et Juvénile en Afrique (EMIJ)

This series of long term surveys was initiated in the 1980s by the Institut de Formation et de Recherche Démographiques (IFORD) in several large African cities. Children were followed from birth to 18 months of age in a multi-stage survey. These surveys gave rise to numerous publications, most of which are listed in a bibliography prepared for the seminar entitled "Séminaire international sur la mortalité infantile et juvénile - bilan des recherches et politiques de santé" held in Yaoundé in 1993:

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Gubry, Françoise.- 1993.- EMIJY, EMIJO, EMIJUL, EMIS ou la déclinaison des enquêtes EMIJ sur la mortalité infantile et juvénile dans la littérature démographique.- Communication au Séminaire sur la mortalité infantile et juvénile en Afrique. Bilan des recherches et politiques de santé (IFORD). Yaoundé, 19-23 juillet 1993.- 28 p.

Pan Arab Project for Family Health

Several sets of surveys were carried out in Arabic countries, with the help of the League of Arab States : Gulf Child Health Survey in 1987-89 (7 countries) ; Pan Arab Project for Child Development (Papchild) in 1989-96 (10 countries) ; Gulf Family Health Survey in 1995-98 (6 countries). Some of the results are available online on the UNICEF MICS surveys website.

A new series directed by the League of Arab States called the Pan Arab Project for Family Health (Papfam) is in progress and for the moment concerns ten countries in the region. Some of the results are available online and can be downloaded as CD-Roms.

Surveys of the "Réseau Migrations et Urbanisation en Afrique de l’Ouest" (REMUAO)

National surveys took place in the 1990s in countries belonging to the geographical zone of the Sahel Institute and gave rise to a summary report measuring in particular international migrations.

Behavioral Surveillance Survey

These BSS surveys, carried out under the direction of Family Health International, study the evolution of risk behaviours in relation to AIDS within sub-populations (such as prostitutes, homosexuals or injectable drug users), which are poorly identified by the usual household surveys. More than seventy reports on populations from diverse countries are available online, as well as the methodology manual for carrying out these surveys.