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Costa Rica Salud Mesoamérica Initiative Baseline School Survey 2013-2014


General Info
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
Limón, Puntarenas
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
09/2013 - 01/2014
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Facility (non-health)
  • Individual
  • Interview

The Salud Mesoamérica Initiative (SMI) focuses on reducing inequalities in maternal and child health in Mesoamerica. This dataset is the product of an SMI impact evaluation. It includes results of a baseline school survey conducted in the provinces of Limón and Puntarenas in Costa Rico. The survey was conducted in a randomly selected sample of 41 secondary schools: high schools, technical schools, and night schools. The target sample for the survey was 1,000 students. Within each school, all sections in 7th-11th grades were eligible to be selected for the survey, and a section from each eligible grade was randomly selected to participate. Students completed a self-administered questionnaire which captured knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to the sexual and reproductive health of school students, as well as contact with reproductive health services.