What We Do_MIS Methodology

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Survey Instruments

A mix of survey tools are used to conduct MIS Surveys:

  • Questionnaires
    There are three Model Questionnaires in DHS-7 surveys: a Household Questionnaire, a Woman’s Questionnaire, and a Biomarker Questionnaire.
  • Biomarkers
    MIS surveys collect biomarker data relating hemoglobin measurements for assessing anemia status and malaria parasitemia measurements.
  • Geographic Information
    MIS surveys collect hemoglobin measurements for assessing anemia status and malaria parasitemia measurements for assessing malaria infection in children age 6-59 months.

Sample Design

The MIS sample is generally representative:

  • At the national level
  • At the residence level (urban-rural)
  • At the regional level (or departments, states)

The sample is usually based on a stratified two-stage cluster design:

  • First stage: Enumeration Areas (EA) are generally drawn from Census files
  • Second stage: In each EA selected, a sample of households is drawn from an updated list of households

Data Tabulation Plan

The Tabulation Plan of the MIS surveys consists of over 25 tables that provide information on important indicators for effective monitoring of national malaria programs.

Main Topics in the MIS Tabulation Plan:

  • Household and population characteristics: Chapters 1 and 2 provide information on the demographic and socioeconomic background characteristics of the population. Chapter 1 presents the background of the survey, a brief summary of the survey procedures, sample design, and response rates. Chapter 2 describes the background characteristics of the household population, their dwelling conditions, and the background characteristics of the eligible respondents.
  • Malaria prevention: Chapter 3 provides information on vector control (ownership, use, and access to insecticide-treated mosquito nets) and intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp)
  • Management of fever, and prevalence of anemia and malaria in children: Chapter 4 provides information on the management of fever, and on anemia and malaria in children. This includes the prevalence, diagnosis, case management, and prompt treatment of children with fever. In addition, this chapter provides an overview of the prevalence of anemia and malaria in children.

Survey Timeline

An MIS survey takes approximately 2-3 months to complete.