National Development Planning Minister Hon. Alexander Chiteme says his Ministry will prioritize the production of relevant statistics in order to lay a firm foundation for evidence based planning which would enable those in government to account for development results.
The Minister said this at the dissemination of the Zambia demographic and health survey key indicator report for 2018, at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka this morning.
He stated that the 2018 report was the 6th in a series of ZDH Surveys conducted in Zambia thus far, others being the 1992,1996,2001/2002,2007, 2013/2014 surveys respectively.
He stated that the Zambia Demographic and Health Survey was one of the major Surveys used for Providing information necessary for Monitoring and Evaluation existing health policies and programs in Zambia.
He said it also provided for critical input for designing new health initiatives.
He stated that the survey was implemented by the Ministry of National Development Planning through the Central Statistical Office in Partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Virology laboratory at UTH and the department of population studies at the University of Zambia.
He said the funding for the survey was provided by the United States agency for international development (USAID) with additional funding from the Ministry of Health through the global fund, the department for international development (DFID) and the United Nations Population Fund all of whom he thanked most profoundly.
Hon. Chiteme also took time to thank the ICF, a united states based organisation for providing technical assistance to demographic and health surveys worldwide, Zambia inclusive.
He stated that the Ministry of National Development Planning attached great importance to the undertaking of the ZDHS as the surveys constituted a key source of data required for Monitoring and evaluation of development frameworks such as the 7th National Development Plan, the vision 2030, the sustainable development goals (SDGS) and the National health strategic plan.
He announced that the 2018 survey had covered about 13,500 rural and urban households with 27,440 individuals from whom CSO elicited demographic and health data.
He said it was gratifying to note that as a country, Zambia now had the latest data covering topics such as fertility and family planning, marriage, maternal and women’s health, child health, nutrition indicators, malaria, HIV/AIDS including prevelance, comprehensive knowledge about transition, symptoms and stigma among others.
He stated that the survey also included some modules on Child Marriages and critical indicators that measure the wellbeing of children which he said would be helpful in plugging in some missing baseline data in the implementation plan for the 7th National Development Plan.
He stated that the report being presented would be followed by the main report to be availed before the end of the year.