The Lao Reproductive Health Survey 2005 (LRHS 2005) is the third reproductive health survey, previously conducted around 1994 (LRHS1) and 2000 (LRHS2).
The purpose of the Lao Reproductive Health Survey 2005 is to provide up to date information on the demographic situation and reproductive health knowledge and practices such as: levels, preferences and determinants of fertility; contraceptive knowledge, prevalence and unmet needs; antennal care, place of delivery and type of assistant during birth; breast feeding practices; and knowledge of sexually transmitted infection (STIs) and HIV/AIDS.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
- Women 15 to 49 years old
- Men 15 to 49 years old
All private households, all women aged 15-49 in private households, and all men aged 15-59 year old in private households.
Producers and sponsors
Department of Statistics (DoS)
Ministry for Planning and Investment
Ministry of Heath
Unirted Nations Population Fund
Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia
Mother and Child Health Center
Coverage and Sample Design
The LRHS 2005 is a nationally representative sample survery, with 21 600 household chosen as respondents, from which eligible women aged 15 to 49 years and men aged 15 to 59 years, regardless of their marital status, were selected for detailed interview. A two-stage stratified cluster sample covering 16 provinces, the capital and special zone was applied in survey. The 2005 census household list was used as the sampling frame.
The first stage of sample selection was to select 40 sample villages, using SPPS method. The second stage was to select households in the villages selected in the first stage. Within each selected villages, a fixed number of 30 households were selected using systematic random sampling. Thus, each province had about 1 200 households for the 2005 survey. The sampling covered Urban and Rural areas.
Response rate for households, women and men are relatively high and close to 100 percent.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Department of Statistics
Ministry for Planning and Investment
The survey questionnaires used in the LRHS 2005 are almost identical to the LRHS 2000. The earlier survey questionnaires were adapted from the 1994 Lao Fertility and Spacing Survey and the 1997 Mongolia Reproductive Health Survey. In many ways, the questionnaires resemble the International Standard of the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). The questionnaires have been adjusted for the local situation.
As with the earlier survey, the LRHS 2005 questionnaires consist of three different parts, which are the:
- Household Questionnaire,
- Women’s Questionnaire and
- Men’s Questionnaire.
Estimates of Sampling Error
Refer to Sampling design (Social Statistics Division, DoS).
Services Division, Department of Statistics
The Statistics Law of Lao PDR guarantees that identities of respondents are kept confidential.
Before being granted access to the dataset, all users have to formally agree:
1. To make no copies of any files or portions of files to which s/he is granted access except those authorized by the data depositor.
2. Not to use any technique in an attempt to learn the identity of any person, establishment, or sampling unit not identified on public use data files.
3. To hold in strictest confidence the identification of any establishment or individual that may be inadvertently revealed in any documents or discussion, or analysis. Such inadvertent identification revealed in her/his analysis will be immediately brought to the attention of the data depositor.
Authorization to use this data is granted to designated individuals in the concerned division of the Department of Statistics (DoS). Under no circumstances shall the authorized user reproduce, distribute, sell or lend the entire data or parts thereof to any other data user apart from himself or that of authorized employees in the DoS.