The 2015-16 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (MDHS)
The 2015-16 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (MDHS) was carried out between October 2015 and February 2016 by the National Statistical Office (NSO) in collaboration with the Community Health Services Unit (CHSU) of the Ministry of Health. The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program is a global programme coordinated by ICF International, based in Rockville, Maryland, USA. Technical and financial support for the 2015-16 MDHS was provided by the Malawi government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National AIDS Commission (NAC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN WOMEN, Irish Aid, and the World Bank. The 2015-16 MDHS was conducted jointly with the Micronutrient Survey (MNS), which was implemented by NSO in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS (DNHA).
The main purpose of the MDHS is to provide the data needed to monitor and evaluate population, health, and nutrition programmes on a regular basis. Increasing emphasis by planners and policy makers on the utilisation of objective indicators for policy formulation, planning, and measuring progress has increased the reliance on regular household survey data, given the inadequate availability of appropriate information from administrative statistics and other routine data-collection systems. The Malawi Demographic and Health Survey provides a comprehensive overview of population and maternal and child health issues, and the data are freely accessible to all stakeholders.
The 2015-16 MDHS covers household and respondent characteristics, fertility and family planning, infant and child health and mortality, maternal health and maternal and adult mortality, child and adult nutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and orphans and vulnerable children. The survey also included HIV testing that will provide data for analysis of HIV prevalence in the country.