Ongoing Project

National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-5 in the state of Rajasthan-East

Agency : IIPS, Mumbai

Team Dr. Neetu Purohit, Dr. J P Singh, Matadin Sharma, Lalchand Sharma

National Family Health Survey (NFHS) Round 5 data collection in all 36 states and union territories in India. NFHS is the Indian version of Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) which has collected, analyzed, and disseminated representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries.

The NFHS is co-ordinated by the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) with financial support of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. It provides information on important indicators of maternal and child health, fertility, mortality and nutritional indicators across 36 states and union territories of India and is a cornerstone of knowledge related to health, population and nutrition in India, and being used in policy, program management and performance monitoring at the state and national levels.  NFHS was first initiated in 1992-93 and followed by four rounds of the surveys 1998-99, 2005-06 and 2015-16. Now, the fifth round of data collection is planned by IIPS and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on 2018-19. The NFHS 5 will be conducted in two phases. All 29 states and seven union territories (UTs) will be included in NFHS-5. NFHS-5 will provide estimates of most indicators at the district level for all 707 districts in the country as on 1 March 2017. The sample has been designed to provide information on sexual behaviour; HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes and behaviour; life-style indicators; other health issues; and domestic violence only at the state level and the national level, while most other indicators will also be reported at the district level.

NFHS-5 will collect blood samples from women and men in the form of dried blood spots (DBS) on filter paper cards for testing for malaria, HbA1c, and Vitamin D3. The collected blood samples will be sent to the National AIDS Research Institute (NARI) and the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) for testing. Data will be collected using Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) on mini- notebook computers. CAPI eliminates the need for a separate data entry operation and for data editing in the field.

Objective/s of the Project: Each successive round of the NFHS has had two specific goals:

a) To provide essential data on health and family welfare needed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other agencies for policy and programme purposes, and

b) To provide information on important emerging health and family welfare issues.