GIM selected as the Field Agency for India’s prestigious National Family Health Survey being conducted by the Government of India
Goa Institute of Management (GIM) has recently been selected as the Filed Agency for conducting the National Family Health Survey’s (NFHS) – 4, for the states of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Goa. GIM’s Healthcare Management Program is executing the massive project across four states, spearheaded by Prof Adesh Chaturvedi, Associate Professor, and Prof. Ajit Parulekar, Dean, Healthcare Management. This is the first time a Goan institute has been assigned to conduct the survey in Goa and other states.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India has launched the first phase of the fourth round of the National Family Health Survey, popularly known as NFHS-4 with the specific goals of providing essential data on health and family welfare needed by the Central and State Governments, besides other stake holders, for policy formulation and also acquiring information on important emerging health and family welfare issues.
Prof Adesh Chaturvedi, Associate Professor, GIM explained. “The massive survey project involves the collection of data over 571660 households from 28583 sample units across all the 640 districts of the country covering all the states and union territories in the country.”
Added Professor Ajit Parulekar, Dean, GIM Healthcare Management Programme, “The last survey was done in the year 2005-06. The findings of the present survey will be complete and made available by 2016. Thats a decade later. Therefore, this data will be extremely critical in understanding the health of the population and formulation of policies accordingly.
The survey will cover a range of health-related issues including fertility, infant and child mortality, maternal and child health, prenatal mortality and adolescent reproductive health, family welfare, non communicable diseases, HIV, domestic violence, and sanitation which may be useful in evidence based decision making and monitoring the progress of ongoing health and family welfare programme in the country as well as in the states.
Said Dr. Joe Arun, Director, GIM, “It is very important that the nation be healthy. We at GIM are pleased to be a part of this process. Generally B-schools are approached for conducting various economic or industry related surveys. This is the only B-school to be involved in a social survey”.
The survey, as designed, is being taken up by GIM in two stages. The first stage of field work consists of mapping and listing of households in a selected sample village and urban wards. The first stage of the survey was completed in August 2014. This data will serve as the framework for selection of household for eliciting information in prescribed survey schedules. The sample size selected for the survey in Goa is 1520 households, while the sample size selected for Eastern UP is 24080.
For data collection, a field team of seven members will be formed all of who will have to undergo a 28 days training program at GIM’s Ribandar campus. The data will be collected by the field teams using Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) on mini laptops. Besides the vital information, Clinical Anthropometric Biochemical (CAB) data will also be collected by the trained para-medical interviewers during the survey, wherein they will collect the data of Height, Weight, Blood Pressure measurements besides anaemia, blood sugar and HIV. The respondents will be able know their status pertaining to these indicators then and there except HIV.
The main objective of the NFHS is to strengthen India’s demographic and health database to meet country’s need for data on emerging health and family welfare issues. The NFHS-4 will provide estimates of the level of fertility, infant and child mortality, and other family welfare and health indicators by background characteristics at the national, state and district level. It will also measure trends in family welfare and health indicators over time at the national, state and district levels. This is first time, when district level estimates will be collected under NFHS, besides national and State data. All three previous NFHSs had given the state and national level data only. Providing information for such a prestigious and important national event is the moral responsibility of the citizens.
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