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Fertility falls, obesity goes up in India, says National Family Health Survey

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Updated 2022/05/25 at 2:31 PM

Women participating in decision-making and having bank account growing, says national family health survey.

The Total Fertility Rate (TFR), the average number of children per woman, has further declined from 2.2 to 2.0 at the national level between National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 4 and 5. There are only five states in India that are above the replacement level of fertility of 2.1 — Bihar (2.98), Meghalaya (2.91), Uttar Pradesh (2.35), Jharkhand (2.26) Manipur (2.17) — as per the national report of the NFHS-5, released by the Health Ministry.

The main objective of successive rounds of the national family health survey has been to provide reliable and comparable data relating to health and family welfare and other emerging areas in India. The NFHS-5 National Report lists progress from National family health survey-4 (2015-16) to National family health survey-5 (2019-21).

The other key highlights of the survey include _ that institutional births have increased from 79% to 89% in India and in rural areas around 87% of births are delivered in institutions and the same is 94% in urban areas.

As per results of the National family health survey-5, more than three-fourths (77%) of children aged 12-23 months were fully immunised, compared with 62% in National family health survey-4. The level of stunting among children under five years has marginally declined from 38% to 36% in the country in the last four years. Stunting is higher among children in rural areas (37%) than in urban areas (30%) in 2019-21.

Sustainable Development Goals

Additionally, NFHS-5 shows an overall improvement in Sustainable Development Goals indicators in all States/Union Territories (UTs). The extent to which married women usually participate in three household decisions (about health care for themselves; making major household purchases; visiting their family or relatives) indicates that their participation in decision-making is high, ranging from 80% in Ladakh to 99% in Nagaland and Mizoram. Rural (77%) and urban (81%) differences are found to be marginal. The prevalence of women having bank or savings accounts that they use has increased from 53% to 79% in the last four years.

Compared with NFHS-4, the prevalence of overweight or obesity has increased in most States/UTs in NFHS-5. At the national level, it increased from 21% to 24% among women and 19% to 23% among men. More than a third of women in Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Sikkim, Manipur, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Punjab, Chandigarh, and Lakshadweep (34-46 %) are overweight or obese.

The NFHS-5 survey work has been conducted in around 6.37 lakh sample households from 707 districts (as of March 2017) of the country from 28 States and eight UTs, covering 7,24,115 women and 1,01,839 men to provide dis-aggregated estimates up to district level.

The national report also provides data on socio-economic and other background characteristics; useful for policy formulation and effective programme implementation.

The scope of NFHS-5 is expanded in respect of the earlier round of the survey (NFHS-4) by adding new dimensions such as death registration, pre-school education, expanded domains of child immunisation, components of micro-nutrients to children, menstrual hygiene, frequency of alcohol and tobacco use, additional components of non-communicable diseases, expanded age range for measuring hypertension and diabetes among all aged 15 years and above, which will give requisite inputs for monitoring and strengthening existing programmes and evolving new strategies for policy intervention.

“NFHS-5 provides information on important indicators which are helpful in tracking the progress of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country. NFHS-4 (2015-16) estimates were used as baseline values for a large number of SDG indicators and NFHS- 5 will provide data for around 34 SDG indicators at various levels,’’ said the release. It added that NFHS-6 is scheduled to be conducted during 2023-24.

Source: The Hindu

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