The 2015-16 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (MDHS) report is very similar in content to the 2010 MDHS but is presented in a new format. The new style features more figures to highlight trends, subnational patterns, and background characteristics. The text has been simplified to highlight key points in bullets and to clearly identify indicator definitions in boxes. The 2015-16 MDHS included the domestic violence module in one-third of the sampled households. A similar module was also included in the 2004 and 2010 MDHS surveys. In accordance with the World Health Organization’s guidelines on the ethical collection of information on domestic violence, only one eligible woman per household was randomly selected for the module, and the module was not implemented if privacy could not be assured. In total, 6,379 women received the domestic violence questions. About 4% of women eligible for the domestic violence module could not be successfully interviewed because of privacy or other reasons. Specially constructed weights were used to adjust for the selection of only one woman per household and to ensure that the domestic violence subsample was nationally representative.
Source of Information
National Statistical Office (NSO) [Malawi] and ICF. 2017. Malawi Demographic and Health Survey 2015-16. Zomba, Malawi, and Rockville, Maryland, USA. NSO and ICF.