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Measuring the speed of India's fertility decline

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Mumbai, India: International Institute for Population Sciences and Honolulu: East-West Center
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  • Fertility
  • Human - India
  • Birth Control - India
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  • Education

Abstract

Since the late 1970s, fertility in India has fallen faster than indicated by the Sample Registration System (SRS) but more slowly than indicated by the NFHS. Current fertility is probably somewhat higher than indicated by either source. The NFHS Bulletin is a series of four-page policy briefs summarizing secondary analysis of data from the 1992-93 National Family Health Survey (NFHS) in India. The NFHS collected information from nearly 90,000 Indian women on a range of demographic and health topics. Conducted under the auspices of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the survey provides national and state-level estimates of fertility, infant and child mortality, family planning practice, maternal and child health, and the utilization of services available to mothers and children. IIPS conducted the survey in cooperation with consulting organizations and 18 population research centers throughout India. The East-West Center and a U.S.-based consulting firm, Macro International, provided technical assistance, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided financial support. Printed copies are available from the East-West Center Research Program, Population and Health Studies. Single copies are available free by airmail and may be reproduced for educational use.

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