The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) is a large, multi-round survey conducted in a representative sample of households throughout India. The survey provides State-wise information for India on fertility, maternal and child mortality and nutrition to name a few domains, to collect essential data on the health status of the population. Till date, 5 such surveys have been rolled out, the first being in 1992-93.
NFHS-5 (2019-20) was released on 12th December 2020 by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan- the indicators of evaluation in the survey being areas such as population, family health, reproductive and child welfare and domestic violence to name a few.
The objective of the NFHS has been to provide reliable data and comparable datasets on health, family, and welfare issues. The aim of our Research Brief is to enumerate the major findings and conclusions across States in the following domains: Awareness and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), Status of Women’s Agency Concerning Childbirth and Pregnancy, Current Use of Family Planning Methods, and Quality of Family Planning Services.