“This is the sixth such study carried out in Nigeria, with a NDHS having been conducted about every five years since 1990.
“The survey will provide reliable estimates of health indicators to better inform health programming and targeting of both government of Nigeria and donor assistance in the coming years.
“The survey will give us concrete answers about where we have made progress in the last five years.
“It will also give critical information on the areas where we need to concentrate to make a difference in the lives of Nigerians going forward.”
The survey is expected to collect data on items such as fertility levels and preferences, breastfeeding practices, mothers and their children’s nutritional status, early childhood mortality and maternal mortality.
Others are maternal and child health, malaria infection rates and prevention practices as well as domestic violence.