Demographic and Health Survey, Interim [hh/dhs-int]
The 2003 Egypt Interim Demographic and Health Survey (2003 EIDHS) is the seventh DHS surveys to be undertaken in Egypt. Before the 2003 EIDHS, four full-scale DHS surveys were conducted in 1988, 1992, 1995 and 2000. In addition to the four DHS surveys, two interim DHS surveys were conducted in 1997 and 1998.
The 2003 Egypt Interim Demographic and health Survey (EIDHS) was conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Population and the National Population Council. ORC Macro provided technical support for the survey through the MEASURE DHS+ project. USAID/Egypt provided funding for the survey under its bilateral population and health projects.
The survey was conducted to provide the information needed to track changes in major family planning, health and nutrition.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
- Children age 0-5
- Woman age 15-49
The 2003 Egypt Interim Demographic and Health Survey covered the following topics:
• Background information on each person listed, such as relationship to head of the household, age, sex, marital status, school attendance, and highest educational attainment
• Characteristics of the household's dwelling unit, such as type of dwelling, main source of drinking water, access and type of toilet facilities, type of fuel used for cooking, number of rooms in the dwelling, and possessions of durable goods
• Height and weight of children (under age of 6) and women (age 15-49 years)
• Respondent's background
• Contraceptive knowledge and use
• Fertility preferences and attitudes about family planning
• Pregnancy and breastfeeding
• Immunization and health
• Infectious diseases
• Female circumcision
• Husband's background
• Woman's work
Producers and sponsors
Ministry of Health and Population
Government of Arab Republic of Egypt
National Population Council
Government of Arab Republic of Egypt
Provided technical support
Government of Arab Republic of Egypt
Funded the survey
United States Agency for International Development
Funded the survey
The sample for the 2003 EIDHS was designed to provide estimates of population and health indicators including fertility and mortality rates for the country as a whole and for five major subdivisions (Urban Governorates, urban Lower Egypt, rural Lower Egypt, urban Upper Egypt, and rural Upper Egypt). In addition to the base sample, Menya governate and slum areas in Greater Cairo were oversampled in order to provide separate estimates for the USAID programs targeting these areas
A systematic random sample of more than 10,000 households was chosen for the main 2003 EIDHS sample (including the oversampling of Menya); in addition, around 4,000 households from the slum areas in Greater Cairo were chosen for the survey. The households were drawn from among those found in the 490 primary sampling units (PSU) selected for the 2003 EIDHS; 466 PSUs came from the original 2000 EDHS sample, 24 additional PSUs were selected in Menya, and 50 PSUs were selected from slum areas in Greater Cairo.
In the process of selecting the 2000 EDHS sample, each of the PSUs was divided into parts. The number of parts selected for inclusion in the sample varied according to PSU size; in large PSUs (i.e., PSUs with 20,000 population or more), two parts were chosen for the sample while only one part was chosen in smaller PSUs. In new PSUs selected for the 2003 EIDHS, a similar procedure was used to select parts. In all PSUs selected for the main EIDHS sample, two segments were selected from each part. Thus, a total of 980 segments were selected for the main survey. An additional 90 segments were drawn in slum areas, for a grand total of 1,070 segments.
In planning for the 2003 EIDHS, it was decided to obtain new household listings for all PSUs rather than employing the listings from the 2000 EDHS. Thus, a household listing operation was carried out in the segments chosen for the 2003 EIDHS prior to the main fieldwork. Using these listings, a systematic random sample of households was selected within each segment for the survey.
In order to allow for sub-regional estimates, the final number of households selected from each governorate in the 2003 EIDHS was disproportionate to the size of the population in the governorate. Thus, the 2003 EIDHS sample was not self-weighting at the national level.
Out of 10417 households selected for the 2003 EIDHS, 10204 were found and 10089 were successfully interviewed. This represents a household response rate of 99 percent.
A total of 9217 women were identified in those households as eligible for the individual interviews. Questionnaires were completed for 9,159 women, which represents a response rate of 99 percent.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Field staff were trained for four weeks during April and early May. Twelve teams collected data for the 2003 EIDHS. Each team consisted of four interviewers, one field editor, one assistant supervisor, and one supervisor. The field editor and the assistant supervisor were responsible for the height and weight measurements. All of the interviewers and field editors were females, and the assistant supervisor and supervisors were males. Two teams were assigned to work in Cairo, and the other teams were assigned to work in one to three governorates.
The data collection started on May 9, 2003. Re-interviews and call backs started as soon as the first team completed the data collection. All call backs and re-interviews were completed by June 28, 2003.
El-Zanaty and Associates
Two questionnaires were used to collect the data: a household questionnaire and a woman's questionnaire. The 2003 EIDHS household and woman questionnaires are similar to the questionnaires used in the 2000 EDHS in terms of the broad topics for which information is collected. However, a number of questions in the 2000 EDHS questionnaires were dropped from the 2003 survey instruments, and some questions were added to the 2003 EIDHS questionnaires in order to investigate new topics. Overall, the EIDHS questionnaires are more focused and limited in scope than the 2000 EDHS questionnaires.
The data processing staff including coders, office editors and data entry personnel, attended the interviewer training program in order to become familiar with the questionnaires. Completed questionnaires were sent from the field to the office for registration and limited manual coding. Data were entered using microcomputers and the Integrated System for Survey Analysis (ISSA), a software package developed in the DHS program to facilitate processing of the survey data. Twelve computers were used for data entry. Verification was carried out for 100 percent of the questionnaires. A consistency program was prepared to assure the quality and accuracy of the data. The data entry, verification and consistency checking, which overlapped with the field activities, took around three months to complete.
Estimates of Sampling Error
Sampling error tables are presented in Table A.1 of the final survey report.
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DDI Document ID
Development Data Group
The World Bank
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 01 (August 2017). Metadata is excerpted from "Egypt Interim Demographic and Health Survey 2003" Report.