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Malawi Demographic and Health Survey 2015-2016


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and Micronutrient Survey (MNS) 2015-2016
Malawi (MWI)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
10/2015 - 02/2016
Series or system 
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • GPS coordinates (GIS)
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative
  • Subnationally representative
  • Urban-rural representative

For the 2015-2016 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), 24,562 women ages 15-49 and 7,478 men ages 15-54 were successfully interviewed from 26,361 households. In addition to survey questions on demographics and health, biomarkers data were collected in the 2015-2016 Malawi DHS to determine the prevalence of HIV infection in women and men, and anemia in women and children. A sub sample of respondents form the Malawi 2015-2016 DHS were selected to participate in a Micronutrient Survey (MNS) component conducted jointly with the 2015-2016 Malawi DHS. For the MNS component, data were collected for children ages 6 months–14 years, women ages 15-49 and men ages 20-54. Data collected in the MNS subsample included food specimen samples, anthropometry measurements, and blood and urinary specimens to determine the prevalence of infection (malaria and hematuria), vitamin A deficiency, anemia, iron deficiency, inflammation, zinc deficiency, vitamin B12 and folate deficiency, and inherited blood disorders.

Abortion, Abortive outcome, Adult mortality, Age at first sex, Agriculture, Alcohol use, Analgesics, Anemia, Anogenital herpes, Antenatal care, Anthropometry, Antihelminthics, Antimalarials, Antimotility drugs, Assets, BCG vaccines, Birth certificates, Birth control pills, Birth weight, Blood disorders, Blood tests, Breastfeeding, Breathing difficulty, Caesarean section, Child anthropometry, Child development, Child health care, Child mortality, Childhood sexual violence, Children, Circumcision, Community health clinics, Complete birth history, Condoms, Congestion, Contraceptive implants, Contraceptives, Cooking fuels, Corrective lenses, Cough, Dairy products, Diarrhea, Disability, Domestic migration, Domestic violence, Drug consumption, Education, Electricity, Emergency contraception, Employment, Secondhand smoke, Ethnicity, FFQ, Family composition, Family size, Female infertility, Fever, Folic acid deficiency, G6PD deficiency, Gestational age, Gonococcal infections, HIV and AIDS, Health behaviors, Health care access, Health care use, Health facilities, Health insurance, Health literacy, Health promotion, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Height, Hemoglobin, Hospitals, Household air pollution, Household water treatment, Housing conditions, Housing materials, Hygiene, Hysterectomy, IUDs, Immunization, Incontinence, Indoor residual spraying, Infant care, Infant mortality, Injectable contraceptives, Injections, Insecticide-treated bednets, Intentional injuries, Internet, Intimate partner violence, Iodine supplements, Iron deficiency, Iron supplements, Iron-deficiency anemia, Land ownership, Languages, Length of stay, Limited mobility, Literacy, Live births, Livestock, Living conditions, Lower respiratory infections, Malaria, Marital status, Mass media, Maternal care, Maternal mortality, Measles vaccines, Medicines, Menopause, Menstruation, Micronutrient supplements, Micronutrients, Milk, Mortality, Multiple births, Needle sharing, Nonprofits, Nutritional deficiencies, Obstetric fistulas, Obstructed labor, Occupation codes, Occupations, Oral rehydration therapy, PMTCT, Parental survival, Pentavalent vaccines, Pharmacies, Place of delivery, Pneumococcal vaccines, Polio vaccines, Postnatal care, Postpartum amenorrhea, Pregnancy, Pregnancy complications, Private health facilities, Public health facilities, Refrigeration, Religion, Reproductive and sexual risk factors, Rotavirus vaccines, STDs, Sanitation, Schistosomiasis, School enrollment, Seizures, Sexual abstinence, Sexual behavior, Sexual sterilization, Sexual violence, Sibling survival, Siblings, Sickle cell disorders, Skilled birth attendants, Smokeless tobacco use, Stillbirths, Summary birth history, Surgical procedures, Telephones, Tetanus toxoid vaccines, Thalassemias, Tobacco smoking, Traditional birth control, Traditional medicine, Transportation, Unintentional injuries, Upper respiratory infections, Urine tests, VCT, Vaccination cards, Vision loss, Vitamin A deficiency, Vitamin A supplements, Waste disposal, Water supply, Weight, Zinc