Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: Nigeria

Written by: The DHS Program

15 Jun, 2014
Inuwa Bakari Jalingo & Amaka Loveth

Inuwa Bakari Jalingo & Amaka Loveth

In March 2014, The DHS Program welcomed visitors from Nigeria. This is the third in a series of interviews with visitors to DHS headquarters.


Inuwa Bakari Jalingo (Project Coordinator, Nigeria DHS) and Ezenwa Nwamaka “Amaka” Loveth   (Project Director, 2013 NDHS,  Deputy Director, National Population Commission, Nigeria).

Country of origin:  


2013 Nigeria DHS

2013 Nigeria DHS

When not working, favorite place to visit:

Inuwa: The farm

Amaka: The market

Where would we find you on a Saturday?

Inuwa: In Jalingo at the farm, in Abuja at home or at work.

Amaka: At home.

First time you worked with DHS data:

Inuwa: 1999

Amaka: 2003

What do you miss most about home when you are here?  

Inuwa: I miss my family.

Amaka: I miss my family, the warm weather in my country, and sometimes my favorite dishes.

What is your favorite DHS final report cover?

2008 Nigeria DHS

2008 Nigeria DHS

Inuwa: The 2008 Nigeria DHS. I also like  the Pakistan cover.

Amaka: I like the 2013 Nigeria DHS cover.

Favorite DHS chapter or indicator, and why?

Inuwa: Infant mortality –Children are not supposed to die, rather they should live to their full potentials. I want to see that indicator drop in my country to 1 digit.

2012-13 Pakistan DHS

2012-13 Pakistan DHS

Amaka: Child Health, because of my love for children.

What population or health issue are you most passionate about?  Why?

Inuwa: Maternal/Child Care– I want to see women giving safe births and children survive the first 5 years after birth.

Amaka: Maternal health, because I have lost many relations and some friends due to complications during child birth.

How do you hope the DHS data from your country will be used?  

Inuwa: To re-strategize programs  and projects  and formulate policies that will improve the quality of life and standard of living among Nigerians.

Amaka: to be used by the government to improve programming for a better life for its citizens.

What have you learned from the DHS experience?

Inuwa: I have learned professionalism and specialization, since staff specialized in  specific areas  and views are respected.

Amaka: it has built my capacity generally.


  • The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 400 surveys in over 90 countries. The DHS Program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Contributions from other donors, as well as funds from participating countries, also support surveys. The project is implemented by ICF.

19 thoughts on “Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: Nigeria

  1. thank you for the great work.
    I Cant access communities in lagos by rural and urban areas just have the numbers from the digest of statitics 2011.

    I am embarking on a Comparative cross-sectional study of the Home management of diarrhoea in children under five in rural and urban areas, Lagos, Nigeria. In completion of Msc in public health at University of Lagos.

  2. I am extremely delighted at the early release of the 2013 Nigerian Demographic Health & Survey by the National Population Commission. I am an economist and researcher from Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin Ondo State. Like I did request from Mr. Sani Gar (the Project Director for the 2008 Nigerian DHS) a couple of years ago for more information on the 2008 Nigerian Demographic Health & Survey, I want more information and data on the 2013 Nigerian Demographic Health & Survey. First, I want the release of information which would allow me identify each of the specific LGA from which the data is collected. I want to match a large number of historical and contemporary data available on LGA basis with the 2013 Nigerian Demographic Health & Survey data. For instance, I want to match the number of mission schools established between 1843 and 1925 at each LGA with the 2013 Nigerian Demographic Health & Survey at the LGA level. I have a number of other data to be matched in the same way. I cannot do that because the 2013 survey, like the 2008 version, has only codes for LGAs, without mentioning the names of the LGAs to which the codes refer. Secondly, unlike the 2008 version, downloaded from measured DHS website, the 2013 version available on NPC webpage has no household members data, which the data set with the highest number of observations (178,894). I would want these data as well. Finally, I want information on the coordinates of the cluster areas from which the 2013 data is collected. Congratulations on the successful completion of this great national assignment. Thanks.

  3. Please what are the requirements and the procedure to get an NPC attestation. This has to do with one seeking resident permit abroad.
    How long does it take and what is the cost?
    Can it be done for someone abroad?

  4. Hello,it’s good to be here.I wish to get the details of each community to enable me have a quality study on the randomly selected areas.Thanks

  5. Thanks for the reply. I am done with my MSc in Public health program and seeking internship as an early career epidemiologiat. kindly assist.

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