Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

National Family Health Survey/Annual Health Surveys

Posted On: 21 JUN 2019 2:56PM by PIB Delhi

Four rounds of National Family Health Survey (NFHS) were conducted in the country during 1992-93(NFHS 1), 1998-99 (NFHS 2), 2005-06 (NFHS-3) and 2015-16 (NFHS-4) with the technical support of International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai. The Three rounds (2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13) of Annual Health Survey (AHS) were carried out, through the Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India, in 284 districts namely Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.


The major findings of  NFHSs and AHSs  are available at link: ; and


In NFHS-1, Srinagar region of Jammu and Kashmir was not covered due to Law and Order situation and Sikkim was also not covered as basic parameters for sample selection were not available.


NFHS-1, 2, 3 didn’t cover UTs except Delhi because the objective of the survey then was to provide State level estimates.


The following important steps taken by the Government to ensure compilation of true and objective data in order to help the Government in making its future policies and programmes:


  1. Objective and Scientific sampling procedures including, a complete household listing operation in every Primary Sampling Unit, and the random selection of sample households was adopted to avoid bias.


  1. Elaborative and comprehensive trainings was organised to ensure data quality.


  1. Digital and physical field monitoring was ensured for collectingon computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI).


  1. A Uniform procedure for the implementation of the survey and minimize non-sampling errors was adopted.



The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), ShAshwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.





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