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Comparison of Immunization Coverage Status Reported through NFHS Coverage Evaluation Survey and HMIS in Maharashtra


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1 Joint Director, Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society, Gov. of Maharashtra, India
2 PRERNA Young Investigator, Vadu Rural Health Program KEMHRC Pune, India
3 State Immunization Consultant, State Family Welfare Bureau Gov of Maharashtra, India
4 Surveillance Manager, Vadu Rural Health Program KEMHRC Pune, India
5 Officer in charge, Vadu Rural Health Program KEMHRC Pune, India
     

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Accurate health data is the most crucial factor for effective public health program evaluation, monitoring, planning, and implementation. There are many surveys conducted in India for collating information on the health status of the country, one of which is NFHS (National Family Health Survey). NFHS is a representative sample survey which collects evidence of trends in population, health and nutrition indicators including immunization status of children under five years of age. However, the public health system in India including Maharashtra is dependent on the reports generated by HMIS for assessment of immunization coverage status. There is a relatively large difference in immunization coverage estimates of NFHS-4 and HMIS reports. NFHS and HMIS both have differences in the purpose, design, and interpretation between the two. A deeper and more detailed analysis of the two systems and datasets is required to explore these differences and make evidence-based conclusions on data triangulation.

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Immunization Data, NFHS, HMIS, Data, Comparison.
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Authors

Vijay Baviskar
Joint Director, Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society, Gov. of Maharashtra, India
Rutuja Patil
PRERNA Young Investigator, Vadu Rural Health Program KEMHRC Pune, India
Sudipto Roy
PRERNA Young Investigator, Vadu Rural Health Program KEMHRC Pune, India
Satish Doiphode
State Immunization Consultant, State Family Welfare Bureau Gov of Maharashtra, India
Arun Dhongade
Surveillance Manager, Vadu Rural Health Program KEMHRC Pune, India
Sanjay Juvekar
Officer in charge, Vadu Rural Health Program KEMHRC Pune, India

Abstract


Accurate health data is the most crucial factor for effective public health program evaluation, monitoring, planning, and implementation. There are many surveys conducted in India for collating information on the health status of the country, one of which is NFHS (National Family Health Survey). NFHS is a representative sample survey which collects evidence of trends in population, health and nutrition indicators including immunization status of children under five years of age. However, the public health system in India including Maharashtra is dependent on the reports generated by HMIS for assessment of immunization coverage status. There is a relatively large difference in immunization coverage estimates of NFHS-4 and HMIS reports. NFHS and HMIS both have differences in the purpose, design, and interpretation between the two. A deeper and more detailed analysis of the two systems and datasets is required to explore these differences and make evidence-based conclusions on data triangulation.

Keywords


Immunization Data, NFHS, HMIS, Data, Comparison.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.37506/v11%2Fi1%2F2020%2Fijphrd%2F193912