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Third National Family Health Survey in India: Issues, Problems and Prospects
Authors: S Irudaya Rajan , K S James
Source: Economic and Political Weekly, VOL 43 No. 48 November 29 - December 05, 2008
Topic(s): Demographic indicators
Domestic violence
Immunization
Nutrition
Country: Asia
  India
Published: NOV 2008
Abstract: The three rounds of the National Family Health Survey have generated vast amounts of data, which unfortunately have been subject to only limited critical examination by Indian research scholars, though the opposite is the case with scholars outside India. The nfhs-3, which was conducted in 2005-06, covered many more areas than the previous surveys and collected information in new and sensitive areas like sexual behaviour. However, there are questions about the quality of data thrown up by nfhs-3. Information on some indicators such as fertility and infant mortality remains of reasonably good quality, but the data on nutrition, immunisation, and gender violence is suspect. There have been three of these very large surveys since 1992-93, and it is perhaps time to reflect on the experience so far and plan for the next survey a decade after nfhs-3 which would be five years after the 2011 Census.