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Feb.25, 2010 - Second Sudan Household Health Survey Will Monitor MDGs

Juba, Sudan - is to conduct a second household health survey on key socio-economic and demographic indicators to help measure the progress being made for the country’s children and women.

The survey is a vital tool to monitor progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Sudan and measure the efficiency and effectiveness of public policies and service delivery as part of the UN and government’s commitment to improve transparency and accountability.
This survey follows the first Sudan Household Health Survey conducted in 2006 that was coordinated by the Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and evaluation supported by the UN led by UNICEF. The lack of reliable data especially for Southern Sudan has been a major impediment to a solid evidence-based policy formulation, planning, and service delivery.

The second household health survey was launched recently with the training of enumerators. The study is a time bound investment for Sudan and will reinforce available data for planning and service delivery. The survey data will supply indicators needed for programme implementation. The data will also fill some of the existing gap and provide a basis for a more precise understanding of the situation of service provision in Southern Sudan.

The data collection is due to start in March involving several teams spreading across the country and interviewing different publics. Undertaking the survey involves training of a number of enumerators who will move from house to house administering a set of questionnaires to a cross section of individuals to solicit the information needed.

The Sudan Household Health Survey will generate social data on nutrition, education, child and maternal health, HIV-AIDS, immunization, care of illness, access to safe drinking water, sanitation, child labour, birth registration, among other data. The survey uses internationally-accepted standards for gathering social data on a national scale and will produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of social indicators.

Building on the success of the first survey, UNICEF last year supported the Government of Sudan in launching SudanInfo, an online socio-economic database designed to enhance data storage and access by policy makers, development partners, civil societies, and research organizations.

Data generated from this second Sudan Household Health Survey will be fed into the Sudan Info (, which already has the results of the 2006 Sudan Household survey.

Support for the Sudan Household Health Survey in the form of funding, training, and human resources came from the UN Country Team led by UNICEF.

The Central Bureau of Standards (CBS) of the Government of Sudan and the Southern Sudan Centre of Census, Statistics and Evaluation (SSCCSE) are providing technical support under the joint leadership and coordination of the Sudan federal Ministry of Information and the Government of Southern Sudan Ministry of Health.



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