The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the results from the first phase of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4), 2015-16. These are available on Ministry’s website, www.mohfw.gov.in. Findings for the 13 States of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and two Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry.
Results of the first phase of the NFHS-4 survey
- Improvements in maternal and child health and nutrition.
- Fewer children are dying in infancy and early childhood.
- Better care for women during pregnancy and childbirth contributes to reduction of maternal deaths and improved child survival.
- All mothers have received antenatal care for their most recent pregnancy and increasing numbers of women are receiving the recommended four or more visits by the service providers.
- Full immunization coverage among children age 12-23 months varies widely in the First Phase States/Union Territories
- The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4), 2015-16 is fourth in the series of national surveys. Earlier National Family Health Surveys were passed in 1992-93 (NFHS-1), 1998-99 (NFHS-2) and 2005-06 (NFHS-3).
- NFHS-4 is the first survey that collects data in each of India’s 29 States and all 7 Union Territories.
- All National Family Health Surveys have been conducted under the care of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, with the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, serving as the nodal agency. ICF International (formerly Macro International), Maryland, USA, provided technical assistance for all four surveys.
Funding of NFHS-4
- NFHS-4 funding was provided by the Government of India (GOI), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department for International Development (DFID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the MacArthur Foundation.
- Technical assistance for the HIV component of the survey was provided by the National AIDS Control Organization and the National AIDS Research Institute.