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Finding Data: Data on Health - Africa

ACCESS TO THESE DATA FILES ARE RESTRICTED TO CURRENTLY ENROLLED/EMPLOYED MEMBERS OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY.

  • Selected Resources for:

    Health - Botswana :: Health - Burkina Faso :: Health - Egypt :: Health - Ghana ::

  • Selected Resources for:

    Health - Kenya :: Health - Madagascar :: Health - Malawi :: Health - Nigeria ::

  • Selected Resources for:

    Health - Rwanda :: Health - South Africa :: Health - Tanzania :: Health - Tunisia ::

  • Selected Resources for:

    Health - Uganda ::

  • AIDS Indicator Survey (AIS)
    developed to provide countries with a standardized tool to obtain indicators for effective monitoring of national HIV/AIDS programs. Data is available on the following: overview of DHS research on HIV prevalence, indicators, and services; knowledge of HIV prevention, misconceptions, stigma, higher-risk sexual behavior; prevalence of HIV by demographic and behavioral characteristics. Microdata is available free of charge by request. First check characteristics and sample sizes. See the questionnaires and the manuals. Data is available for:
    • Congo (Brazzaville) (2009)
    • Cote d'Ivoire (2005)
    • Guyana (2005)
    • Mozambique (2009)
    • Tanzania (2003-2004, 2007/08, 2011-2012)
    • Uganda (2004/05 (restricted), 2011)
    • Vietnam (2005)

  • Complex Emergency Database (CE-DAT)
    Database of mortality and malnutrition rates - the most commonly used public health indicators of the severity of a humanitarian crisis. Subnational data is included for some countries.

  • Country trends in metabolic risk factors
    Statistics by country for blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, diabetes, and glucose.

  • Demographic and Health Surveys
    Used to evaluate population, health, and nutrition programs. Provides national and sub-national data on family planning, maternal and child health, child survival, HIV/AIDS/sexually transmitted infections (STIs), infectious diseases, reproductive health and nutrition. Microdata is available free of charge by request. First check characteristics and sample sizes. See the model questionnaires and the recode manuals. Data is available for:
    • Afghanistan (2010, 2015)
    • Albania (2008/09)
    • Angola (2006/07, 2011, 2015/16)
    • Armenia (2000, 2005, 2010, 2015/16)
    • Azerbaijan (2006)
    • Bangladesh (1993/94, 1996/97, 1999-2001, 2004, 2007, 2011. 2014)
    • Benin (1996, 2001, 2006, 2011/12)
    • Bolivia (1989, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2008)
    • Botswana (1988) (restricted)
    • Brazil (1986, 1991, 1996)
    • Burkina Faso (1993, 1998/99. 2003, 2010)
    • Burundi (1987, 2010, 2012)
    • Cambodia (1998, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2014)
    • Cameroon (1991, 1998, 2004, 2011)
    • Cape Verde (2005)
    • Central African Republic (1994/95)
    • Chad (1996/97, 2004, 2014/15)
    • Colombia (1986, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015)
    • Comoros (1996, 2012)
    • Congo (Brazzaville) (2005, 2009, 2011/12)
    • Congo Democratic Republic (2007, 2013/14)
    • Cote d'Ivoire (1994, 1998/99, 2005, 2011/12)
    • Dominican Republic (1986, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2013)
    • Ecuador (1987)
    • Egypt (1988, 1992, 1995-1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2014, 2015)
    • El Salvador (1985)
    • Eritrea (1995, 2002) (restricted)
    • Ethiopia (2000, 2005, 2011, 2016)
    • Gabon (2000, 2012)
    • Gambia (2013]
    • Ghana (1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2007-2008, 2014)
    • Guatemala (1987, 1995, 1998/99, 2014/15)
    • Guinea (1999, 2005, 2012)
    • Guyana (2005, 2009)
    • Haiti (1994/95, 2000, 2005/06, 2012, 2013)
    • Honduras (2005/06, 2011/12)
    • India (19992/93, 1998/99, 2005/06)
    • Indonesia (1987, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2002-2003, 2007, 2012)
    • Jordan (1990, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012)
    • Kazakhstan (1995, 1999)
    • Kenya (1989, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008/09, 2014)
    • Kyrgyz Republic (1997, 2012)
    • Lesotho (2004, 2009, 2014)
    • Liberia (1986, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
    • Madagascar (1992, 1997, 2003/04, 2008/09, 2011, 2013)
    • Malawi (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2010, 2012-2016)
    • Maldives (2009)
    • Mali (1987, 1995/96, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2013)
    • Mauritania (2000/01, 2003/04) (restricted)
    • Mexico (1987)
    • Moldova (2005)
    • Morocco (1987, 1992, 1995, 2003/04)
    • Mozambique (1997, 2003, 2009, 2011)
    • Myanmar (2015/2016)
    • Namibia (1992, 2000, 2006/07, 2013)
    • Nepal (1987, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016)
    • Nicaragua (1998, 2001)
    • Niger (1992, 1998, 2006)
    • Nigeria (1990, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2013)
    • Nigeria (Ondo State) (1986)
    • Pakistan (1990/91, 2006/07, 2012/13)
    • Paraguay (1990)
    • Peru (1986, 1991/92, 1996, 2000, 2004-2012)
    • Philippines (1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013)
    • Rwanda (1992, 2000, 2005, 2007/08, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014/15)
    • Sao Tome and Principe (2008/09)
    • Senegal (1986, 1992/93, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2014-2016)
    • Sierra Leone (2008, 2013)
    • South Africa (1998)
    • Sri Lanka (1987)
    • Sudan (1989/90)
    • Swaziland (2006/07)
    • Tajikstan (2012)
    • Tanzania (1991/92, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003-2005, 2007/08, 2010-2012, 2015/16)
    • Thailand (1987)
    • Timor Leste (2009)
    • Togo (1988, 1998, 2013/2014)
    • Trinidad and Tobago (1987)
    • Tunisia (1988)
    • Turkey (1993, 1998, 2003)
    • Turkmenistan (2000)
    • Uganda (1988/89, 1995/96, 2000/01, 2004/05 (restricted), 2006, 2009, 2011)
    • Ukraine (2007)
    • Uzbekistan (1996, 2002)
    • Vietnam (1997, 2002, 2005)
    • Yemen (1991/92, 1997(restricted), 2013)
    • Zambia (1992, 1996, 2001/02, 2007, 2013/14)
    • Zimbabwe (1988, 1994, 1999, 2005/06, 2010/11, 2015)
    DHS data are also available through the Minnesota Population Center's Integrated Demographic and Health Series. Registered DHS dataset users can create customized, pre-merged datasets. The current IDHS database includes a subset of variables related to women of childbearing age and incorporates data from 96 samples from 21 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivorie, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  • Evidence to Action Evidence to Action (HIV/AIDS)
    USAID's global flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery. The project aims to address the reproductive healthcare needs of girls, women, and underserved communities around the world by increasing support, building evidence, and facilitating the scale-up of best practices that improve family planning services.

  • Female/Genital Mutilation Cutting

  • Global Burden of Disease Study 2015
    Includes estimates on mortality, causes of death, life expectancy, disability, and various risk factors for a large number of countries.

  • Global Health Observatory (GHO)
    Formerly WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS). Some useful datasets available here include:
    • Burden of Disease Project
    • Maternal Mortality
    • Country Estimates of Health Personnel

  • HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base
    Compilation of information from widely scattered small-scale surveys on the AIDS pandemic and HIV seroprevalence (infection) in population groups in developing countries.

  • Liberia - Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2014-2015
    Collected detailed information at the household level in Liberia on the following topics: education, health, employment, water and sanitary practices, household resources, grants, crime, conflicts and recent shocks to household wealth.

  • Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS)
    Collects data on all of the internationally recognized malaria indicators including: household ownership of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and their use, especially by children under 5 years of age and pregnant women; intermittent preventive treatment against malaria during pregnancy; type and timing of treatment of high fever in children under 5 years of age; indoor residual spraying of insecticide to kill mosquitoes; and diagnostic blood testing of children under 5 with fever. The survey gathers additional information on indoor residual spraying (IRS), and background data on the characteristics of household members and ownership of household assets such as electricity, bicycles, radios, and indoor plumbing. Microdata is available free of charge by request. Contains the same malaria questions found in the standard DHS, but is packaged in a shorter, stand-alone survey allowing for faster, less expensive monitoring of key internationally recognized malaria indicators. Biomarker testing for anemia and malaria can also be included in the MIS. First check characteristics and sample sizes. See the questionnaires. Data is available for:
    • Angola (2006/07, 2011)
    • Burkina Faso (2014)
    • Burundi (2012)
    • Ghana (2016)
    • Kenya (2010, 2015)
    • Liberia (2009, 2011)
    • Madagascar (2011, 2013 2016)
    • Malawi (2012, 2014)
    • Mali (2015)
    • Nigeria (2010, 2015)
    • Rwanda (2013)
    • Senegal (2006, 2008/09)
    • Sierra Leone (2016)
    • Tanzania (2015)
    • Uganda (2009, 2014/15)

  • Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS)
    Collects data on all of the internationally recognized malaria indicators including: household ownership of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and their use, especially by children under 5 years of age and pregnant women; intermittent preventive treatment against malaria during pregnancy; type and timing of treatment of high fever in children under 5 years of age; indoor residual spraying of insecticide to kill mosquitoes; and diagnostic blood testing of children under 5 with fever. The survey gathers additional information on indoor residual spraying (IRS), and background data on the characteristics of household members and ownership of household assets such as electricity, bicycles, radios, and indoor plumbing. Microdata is available free of charge by request. Contains the same malaria questions found in the standard DHS, but is packaged in a shorter, stand-alone survey allowing for faster, less expensive monitoring of key internationally recognized malaria indicators. Biomarker testing for anemia and malaria can also be included in the MIS. First check characteristics and sample sizes. See the questionnaires. Data is available for:
    • Angola (2006/07, 2011)
    • Burkina Faso (2014)
    • Burundi (2012)
    • Ghana (2016)
    • Kenya (2010, 2015)
    • Liberia (2009, 2011)
    • Madagascar (2011, 2013 2016)
    • Malawi (2012, 2014)
    • Mali (2015)
    • Nigeria (2010, 2015)
    • Rwanda (2013)
    • Senegal (2006, 2008/09)
    • Sierra Leone (2016)
    • Tanzania (2015)
    • Uganda (2009, 2014/15)

  • Service Provision Assessment (SPA) survey
    Health facility assessment that provides a comprehensive overview of a country's health service delivery. Fills an urgent need for monitoring health system strengthening in developing countries. Collects information on the overall availability of different facility-based health services in a country and their readiness to provide those services. Answers 4 broad groups of questions: (1) What is the availability of different health services in a country? Specifically, what proportions of the different facility types offer specific health services? (2) To what extent are facilities prepared to provide health services? Do facilities have the necessary infrastructure, resources and support systems available? For example, what proportions of facilities have regular electricity? What proportions have regular water supply? (3) To what extent does the service delivery process follow generally accepted standards of care? Does the process followed in service delivery meet standards of acceptable quality and content? (4) Are clients and service providers satisfied with the service delivery environment? First check characteristics and sample sizes. See the questionnaires.
    • Bangladesh (1999/2000, 2014)
    • Egypt (2002, 2004)
    • Ghana (2002)
    • Guatemala (1997)
    • Guyana (2004)
    • Haiti (2013)
    • Kenya (1999, 2004, 2010)
    • Malawi (2013/14)
    • Namibia (2009)
    • Nepal (2015)
    • Rwanda (2001, 2007)
    • Senegal (2012-2016)
    • Tanzania (2006, 2014/15)
    • Uganda (2007)
    • Zambia (2005)

  • Sierra Leone - High Frequency Cell Phone Survey on the Socio-Economic Impacts of Ebola 2014-2015
    The main focus of the data collection was to capture impacts of Ebola on labor market indicators, agricultural production, food security, migration, and utilization of non-Ebola essential health services.

  • STEPS Global School-Based Student Health Survey (GSHS)
    Helps countries measure and assess, at a relatively low cost, the behavioral risk factors and protective factors among young people ages 13 to 17 years (originally 13 to 15 years).

  • UNICEF Global Database on Breastfeeding Indicators

  • UNICEF: Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women
    Contains the full range of statistical information made available by UNICEF. Includes the official global statistical databases published in The State of the World's Children. Indicators on child survival and health, child nutrition, maternal health, water and sanitation, education, child protection, HIV/AIDS, immunization, and Millennium Development Goals.

  • World Health Survey (WHS) (2002-2004)
    Monitors critical health outcomes and health systems through the fielding of a valid, reliable, and comparable household survey instrument. The WHS was implemented between 2002 and 2004 in countries selected to represent all regions of the world. Study samples were nationally representative and probabilistically selected. Sampling weights were generated and adjusted for the population distribution with final post-stratification corrections for non-response. The total sample size, using nationally representative samples, includes over 300,000 individuals aged 18+ years. For China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa, WHS also serves as SAGE Wave 0. Household data includes a household roster, health insurance coverage, health expenditures, and indicators of permanent income or wealth. Individual level data include sociodemographic information, health state descriptions, health state valuation, risk factors, chronic conditions, mortality, health care utilization, health systems responsiveness and social capital. Registration is required. Each nation was surveyed once during this period. ICPSR has Waves 0 and 1 only. Countries covered: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain. Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Republic, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic. Lao PDR, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

This page last updated: October 21, 2009