USAID donates $11 million for health survey in Nigeria

USAID donates $11 million for health survey in Nigeria

- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated $11 million for the conduct of the 2018 Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS)

- The survey will be conducted by the ministry of health and National Population Commission (NPC) from August 15 to December 15

- The survey is a five-year periodic worldwide survey programme designed by USAID with support from international donor organisations

The sum of $11 million has been donated by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), towards the commencement of the 2018 Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).

NAIJ.com gathered that Isaac Adewole, the minister of health, at a joint press conference in Abuja on Thursday, August 16, said the survey will be conducted by his ministry and the National Population Commission from August 15, to December 15.

The minister who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Abdullziz Abdullahi, at the press conference said the survey will be held in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

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The survey is a five-year periodic worldwide survey programme designed by USAID with support from international donor organisations to assist countries in households sample surveys to monitor changes in population, health and nutrition.

The last DHS in Nigeria was conducted in 2013. This year’s NDHS is the sixth in the series of DHS conducted in Nigeria.

Abdullahi noted said the NDHS will generate data that will help in achieving sustainable development goals.

He said: “The sample size for the 2018 NDHS consists of a total of 1,400 clusters (small geographically defined areas) with each state and FCT having 37 clusters with the exception of Lagos and Kano States which have 53clusters respectively.

“The aim of the NDHS is to collect high-quality data for policy formulation, program planning, monitoring and evaluation. It is also aimed at fostering and reinforcing host-country ownership of data collection, analysis, presentation, and use.”

He called on media practitioners to give proper coverage for the success of the NDHS survey.

Eze DuruIheoma, the chairman of NPC, in his remarks said information obtained from the survey will be useful in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes.

USAID acting mission director, Erin Holleran, said the survey will give concrete answers about what has been done in the last five years and the areas to concentrate in order to make progress.

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NAIJ.com previously reported that the minister of state for health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, revealed that the federal government plans to strengthen the training of cancer-related healthcare workers in Nigeria.

Dr Ehanire made the comment on Thursday, April 19, in Abuja, when the Wellbeing Foundation Africa hosted a stakeholders’ meeting to review the Rapid Assessment of the Prevention and Control of Cancer in Nigeria report.

The report is a collaborative study undertaken by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, with support from Amref Health Africa.

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