NDHS 2018 Key Findings

The 2018 NDHS is a national sample survey that provides up-to-date information on demographic and
health indicators. The sample was selected using a stratified, two-stage cluster design, with enumeration
areas (EAs) as the sampling units for the first stage. The second stage was a complete listing of households
carried out in each of the 1,400 selected EAs. The target groups were women age 15-49 and men age 15-59
in randomly selected households across Nigeria. A representative sample of approximately 42,000
households was selected for the survey. One-third of the households (14,000) were selected for malaria,
anaemia, and genotype testing of children age 6-59 months. Also, in the subsample of households selected
for the men’s survey, one eligible woman in each household was randomly selected for additional
questions regarding domestic violence. Specifically, information was collected on fertility levels, marriage,
fertility preferences, awareness and use of family planning methods, child feeding practices, nutritional
status of women and children, adult and childhood mortality, awareness and attitudes regarding
HIV/AIDS, and female genital mutilation. The survey also assessed the nutritional status (according to
weight and height measurements) of women and children in these households. In addition to presenting
national estimates, the report provides estimates of key indicators for both rural and urban areas, the
country’s six geopolitical zones and 36 states, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

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