Health Facility Data from Administrative Sources. These data contain summary statistics on 311 (out of 329) health facilities located within the 200 clusters interviewed during the 4 years of the CILSS Household Survey. The data set contains information about every health facility in the same urban "commune" as a CILSS cluster as well as about each one located within a CILSS rural cluster. Facilities near a rural cluster but not located within them, are not included. In cases where no health facility data are available for a rural cluster, information about the nearest health facility to rura l clusters can be obtained from the CILSS community data or, for 1987 only, from the health facility questionnaires completed for that year.
The data for each facility were extracted from a publication of the Direction de la Planification et des Statistiques Sanitaires in the Ministry of Public Health and Population, entitled "Annales de la Santé, 1989", as part of the research project on "The Economic and Policy Determinants of Fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa."
The Health Facility dataset includes the following information: owners hip, number of beds, number of staff of different types (doctors, paramedics, etc) and types of services offered (maternity, pharmacy, radiology, pediatrics etc). The amount of information for each facility is limited to the amount of information available from the publication. The full range of information is available for hospitals, urban hospital centers, rural hospital centers and some private facilities in Abidjan. For dispensaries and maternities, little more is offered than the name and type of facility.
The variables for the types of services available are based on staffing lists, some of which disaggregate personnel by type of service. It is possible that some smaller facilities offered a service but did not have staffing lists that were disaggregated to reflect this. Thus, a "yes" answer to a service implies that the service was definitely provided; a "no" means that the service may or may not have been provided.