Measuring progress

NFHS data should guide policy

Rural healthcare, medical, rural india, asha workers, women, female
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Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released the disaggregated microdata from the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey, or NFHS-5, which was conducted over two years starting in 2019. This is the first release of the NFHS since the fourth round, conducted in 2015-16, and provides considerable information about the direction of several indicators of broader welfare in India. The big headline number was already generally known: That India’s total fertility rate, or TFR — the number of children a woman of childbearing age is expected to have — has dipped below the “replacement rate”

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First Published: May 09 2022 | 10:33 PM IST

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