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Document Type
Analytical Studies
Publication Topic(s)
Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences
Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Charles F. Westoff and Akinrinola Bankole
Publication Date
June 2001
Publication ID

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Comparative reports are descriptive in their approach, contrasting findings from many countries to search for trends and patterns in important health and population indicators. The reports serve largely as reference documents and typically draw on all available DHS (and sometimes other) data collected over a recent time period.