National Nutrition Survey in Tajikistan 2016
Nutrition survey intended to make a contribution to informing policy and decision makers on progress to combat malnutrition and improve early childhood care
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The purpose of the 2016 National Micronutrient Status Survey in Tajikistan (NMSS) was to perform a national and regional representative survey to obtain valid and reliable data on the anthropometric status, levels of anaemia, iron status, vitamin A deficiency and iodine intake in non-pregnant women of reproductive age (15-49 years) and in children aged 6-59 months. In addition, the survey assessed Vitamin D levels of children aged 6-59 months and folate levels in non-pregnant women of reproductive age.
The 2016 survey was intentionally closely modeled on the 2009 Micronutrient Status Survey in Tajikistan conducted by UNICEF and Tajikistan’s Ministry of Health with support from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). The survey covered the whole of Tajikistan in order to collect representative data at national and regional level (dividing the country into five regions: Khatlon, Districts of Republican Subordination (DRS), Sughd, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) and Dushanbe). A total of 2,145 children aged six to 59 months and 2,149 non-pregnant women aged 15-49 were finally included in the survey analysis, in representative numbers for each of the regions.
Data collection took place in November 2016. Research methods included respondent interviews, household observations, anthropometric assessments (weight and height measurements) of all study participants, and the laboratory testing of blood and urine samples to determine anaemia and micronutrient content. A detailed methodology is presented in a companion publication to this one. This 2016 report is intended to make a contribution to informing policy and decision-makers on progress to combat malnutrition and improve early childhood care and development in Tajikistan, so as to shape future interventions in a way that will ensure equal opportunities for all children to reach their full development potential.