Australia funds health survey

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THE Australian government is funding a demographic health survey for more than K23 million which will assist the Department of National Planning and Monitoring to plan development.
National Planning and Monitoring Minister Charles Abel said the survey, launched in Port Moresby on Tuesday, started last month and was managed by the United Nations Population Fund to enable the National Statistics Office to implement them on time.
“The PNG demographic surveyor is part of a worldwide organisation which is designated to collect, analyse and disseminate data on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and other health-related issues using internally recognised sets of questionnaires and sampling procedures,” Abel said.
Abel said the project was being carried out in all 22 provinces. About 400 officials started off with the urban census unit before moving to the rural census unit.
He said DHS was usually conducted every 10 years, the previous one was in 2006. It has been widely used for policy-making and planning on health and population.
“The results have also been used for monitoring and evaluation of health and population-related activities,” Abel said.
He said work should completed by end of next month and the processing done early next year.
Abel said the Government had undertaken a lot of policy reforms to improve the country’s development pathway and people’s livelihood.

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