Dollo Ado district hosts Somali refugees in five refugee camps of Melkadida; Bokolmanyo, Melkadida, Kobe, Hilaweyn and Buramino. The first camp, Bokolmanyo was opened in Oct 2009 and followed Melkadida in 2010. In 2011, there was a major influx as a result of insecurity in Somalia, resulting in the establishment of Kobe, Hilaweyn, and Buramino camps in June 2011, August 2011 and November 2012 respectively. Refugees continue to arrive in small numbers since 2011. On 31 March 2018 (source: UNHCR ProGres) the total population is 217,494 with 21,010 under-five children. A joint UNHCR, WFP, ARRA, IMC and Humedica Standardized Expanded Nutrition Survey (SENS) was carried out in the five Somali refugee’s camps in Melkadida/Dollo Ado refugee camps from 20th March to 24th April 2018, with the main objective to assess the general health and nutrition status of refugees, and formulate workable recommendations for appropriate nutritional and public health interventions. A total of 1801 households were sampled.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Households, children (0-59 months) women (15-49 years).
v1.2: edited, anonymised, second version.
The Ethiopia SENS 2018 includes: - Households: food security, wash. - Women: anemia - Children: anemia, anthropometry, infant and young child feeding (IYCF)
Health and Nutrition
Water Sanitation Hygiene
Refugee sites of Melkadida.
Households, and women and children within the households, in refugee sites in Melkadida.
Producers and sponsors
For this survey, a stratified single stage random sample design was employed, where the different camps are considered the strata. All households were physically labbelled with unique numbers per zone/block in each strata. Empty or abandoned houses were excluded from the sampling frame. The overal sample size is 1801 households.
Sample weights were included at the curation stage, to account for the different sample rates within the camps. The sample weights are the inverse of the probability of selection of the household, where the number of households in the sample is based on the data and the number of households in the population is based on progress data.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Face-to-face interview: Mobile
The questionnaires for the Ethiopia SENS are based on the SENS version 2 with minor modifications. On a household level, the WASH module, Food Security and Mortality modules were included. In addition to a household questionnaire, questionnaires were administered for women aged 15-49 (anemi) and children below 5 years (anemi, IYCF, anthropometry).
Raw data was edited lightly, e.g. recoding of non-existing values recoded to missing, deletion of duplicates. Variable and values are labelled in Stata. While effort was done to match the three data files, households, women and children, they do not match perfectly. This can occure for several reasons, e.g. because households do not have women or children in the specified age ranges. The non-matching observations are left in the data - as they are used for analysis in the report. Due to anonymisation the data can differ slightly from the results presented in the report.
UNHCR (2022). Ethiopia: SENS in Melkadida, 2018. Accessed from: https://microdata.unhcr.org.
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