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Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey 2003


General Info
Nigeria (NGA)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
03/2003 - 08/2003
Series or system 
Data type
  • De facto
  • GPS coordinates (GIS)
  • Household
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative
  • Subnationally representative
  • Urban-rural representative

The 2003 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) had a wider scope than that of the 1999 DHS and includes modules on malaria and testing of salt. The data are also geo-referenced for more detailed geographical analysis.

A representative probability sample of 7,864 households was selected. Two-stage stratified sampling was done, first by clusters (a total of 365 were identified) and secondly by households. Women age 15-49 years were eligible to be interviewed. In a sub-sample of one-third of all selected households, men age 15-59 years were also interviewed.

There were three questionnaires: household questionnaire, women's questionnaire, and men's questionnaire. Questionnaire content was based off of Measure DHS program models for countries with low levels of contraceptive use.

Abortion, Abortive outcome, Age at first sex, Agriculture, Alcohol use, Anemia, Antenatal care, Anthropometry, Antimalarials, Ascariasis, Assets, BCG vaccines, Birth control pills, Birth weight, Blood tests, Body mass index, Breastfeeding, Caesarean section, Calcium, Causes of death, Child anthropometry, Child mortality, Community health clinics, Complete birth history, Condoms, Contraceptive implants, Contraceptives, Cooking fuels, DTP vaccines, Diaphragms, Diarrhea, Diarrheal diseases, Diet, Domestic migration, Education, Electricity, Emergency contraception, Employment, Secondhand smoke, Ethnicity, FFQ, Family composition, Family planning, Family size, Female circumcision, Female infertility, Fever, Food, Fruits, Fruits and vegetables, Health care access, Health care use, Health education, Health literacy, Hookworm disease, Household air pollution, Household water treatment, Hygiene, IUDs, Immunization, Indoor residual spraying, Infant mortality, Injectable contraceptives, Insecticide-treated bednets, International migration, Iron supplements, Land ownership, Legumes, Literacy, Live births, Living conditions, Lower respiratory infections, Malaria, Male infertility, Malnutrition, Marital status, Mass media, Maternal age, Maternal hemorrhage, Maternal mortality, Measles vaccines, Medicines, Menstruation, Mortality, Multiple births, Neonatal conditions, Night blindness, Nutrition, Oral rehydration therapy, Parental survival, Place of delivery, Polio vaccines, Postnatal care, Postpartum amenorrhea, Pregnancy, Private health facilities, Public health facilities, Religion, Reproductive and sexual risk factors, Respiratory infections, STDs, Sanitation, School enrollment, Sexual abstinence, Sexual behavior, Sexual sterilization, Skilled birth attendants, Spermicides, Stillbirths, Summary birth history, Telephones, Tetanus toxoid vaccines, Tobacco smoking, Traditional birth control, Traditional healers, Traditional medicine, Transportation, Trichuriasis, Upper respiratory infections, Vector control, Vegetables, Vision loss, Vitamin A supplements, Waste disposal, Water supply