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MWI 2010 DHS
The 2010 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (2010 MDHS) was implemented by the National Statistical Office (NSO) and the Community Health Sciences Unit (CHSU) from June through November 2010. The funding for the MDHS was provided by the government of Malawi, National AIDS Commission (NAC), the
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ICF Macro provided technical assistance as well as funding to the project through the MEASURE DHS programme, a USAID-funded project providing support and technical assistance in the implementation of population and health surveys in countries worldwide.

The 2010 MDHS presents the major findings of a large, nationally representative sample survey. It is the fourth survey of its kind to be conducted in Malawi, encompassing a total of 27,000 households and involving 24,000 female and 7,000 male respondents. The survey, which has expanded in sample size over the years, updates the 1992, 2000, and 2004 survey findings. The 2010 report is the second in the series to include results of HIV testing. In addition to presenting national estimates, the report provides estimates of key indicators for rural and urban areas in Malawi, the three regions, and for the first time, the 27 districts.

The primary objective of the 2010 MDHS is to provide up-to-date information for policymakers, planners, researchers, and programme managers. Topics include fertility levels, nuptiality, fertility preferences, knowledge and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of mothers and children, childhood illnesses and mortality, use of maternal and child health services, maternal mortality, and domestic violence. The survey also reports on the anaemia status of women age 15-49 and children age 6-59 months. Chapters on infectious processes cover malaria, HIV and AIDS-related knowledge and behaviour, and HIV prevalence. The 2010 MDHS results demonstrate a decline in current fertility, an increase in use of modern methods of contraception, an improvement in child vaccination rates, and expanded coverage of prior HIV testing.

The final report is available here.


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