This paper points out the value of collecting data for household health and demographic surveys at the community level, since they provide information on factors affecting health and survival that are often directly manipulable by policies and programs, and are also most likely to be independent of household decisionmaking. It identifies the data that would be useful for health and demographic surveys in the areas of availability, prices, and type and quality of services provided in the public and private sectors, and notes some issues in survey design and data collection.
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