The adequacy survey was carried out in 24 unions of Beanibazar, Zakiganj, and Kanairghat upazilas of Sylhet district. It was assumed that a union had an average population of 20,000 and a birth rate of 25/1,000 population; so, the number of expected births was 250 in a union in a 6-month period. The study was carried out over a sample of 2,400 eligible women who delivered between July 01 and December 31, 2003 Using the baseline list of households (HHs), 100 index households were selected in each union. Since the initial baseline listing of HHs maintained a unique serial in numbering, a systematic sampling procedure ensured a geographical spread of respondents over the whole union. For each of the selected index HH, enlisters found out the recently-delivered women (RDW) from the nearest HH. The search was serially forwarded from the index household using the master list provided by the client. The enlisters searched in a maximum of 20 HHs to find one RDW for each index. If no RDW was found in the cluster of 20 HHs the enlisters would start similar search from the next index household. Detailed addresses and locations of both the index HHs and the sampled HHs were listed for further check and verification. Data collection team followed the enlisters to conduct interviews in the sampled HHs. In unions where 100 samples were not found, the maximum possible number of women were interviewed.
The financial support for the survey was provided by Shimantik, Dhaka, and the technical assistance by the ICDDR, B.