Kick-off of the Demographic and Health Survey in Madagascar for the year 2020

08 July 2020

Antananarivo, March 17, 2020: Madagascar launches its Demographic and Health Survey (EDSMD) for the year 2020 today. It is the fifth EDSMD that will be implemented in the country.  It follows on from the last EDSMD carried out in 2008. The EDSMD 2020 covers the 22 Regions of Madagascar and targets 21,000 households.

It deals with a variety of subjects, including fertility and family planning, maternal and child health, child survival, malaria, nutrition, HIV / AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), domestic violence and fistula, and non-communicable diseases. In addition to the standard interviews by pollsters, recruited health workers will measure, weigh and test for anemia and malaria in children under 5 and women aged 15 to 49.

Data collection will take place from March 15 to July 14, 2020; 28 teams of 7 people or 196 field agents who have previously received four-week intensive training will be mobilized for this purpose.

The international EDS program is funded by the United States government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Since 1984, the EDS program has provided technical assistance to more than 400 surveys in more than 90 countries. EDS surveys are known for the breadth and depth of the information collected. The standardization of EDS surveys allows for the comparability of indicators over time and between countries. Madagascar is proud to continue to be part of this global program.

The Government of the Republic of Madagascar has decided to implement EDSMD-V in order to meet the need for good quality data for monitoring indicators of national development plans and programs, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The results of the EDSMD-V will help make enlightened decisions and pave the way for a better future for the Malagasy population. The EDSMD-V also aims to strengthen national capacities for the collection, processing, analysis, dissemination and use of data.

The EDSMD-V is implemented by the National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), in close collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and through technical assistance from the EDS program. It is carried out with technical and financial support from USAID and the United States Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI), UNFPA and UNICEF. The EDSMD-V also benefits from the demographic and technical base stemming from the General Population and Habitat Census of (RGPH-3) in 2018. Apart from the assessment of the trend of indicators since 2018, the EDSMD -V will complement the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) by providing additional socio-demographic information.

"I rely on the good understanding of the population in general, that of the households and families in the areas that will be covered by the survey in particular, so that they receive the pollsters and health workers in charge of this task and answer their questions," said His Excellency Minister of Economy and Finance in his launch speech.

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the launching ceremony of the EDSMD-V was held today with the participation of representatives of various ministries, civil society, the private sector, technical and financial partners. The objective of the event was to inform all stakeholders of the objective and the course of the survey, as well as the roles and responsibilities of each institution.

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Fanja Saholiarisoa
Communication Officer
UNICEF Madagascar


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