Data Collection Launched for the National Micronutrient Survey among Women and Children in Turkmenistan

22 December 2022
Data Collection Launched for the National Micronutrient Survey among Women and Children in Turkmenistan
UNICEF Turkmenistan

22 December 2022: The field data collection has started in Turkmenistan for the National Micronutrient Survey among Women and Children and will continue until 15 January 2023. As a step towards enhancing nutrition status of women and children in Turkmenistan, this survey is conducted by the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry in collaboration with UNICEF and will provide a comprehensive assessment of the prevalence of various forms of micronutrient (iron, folate, Vitamins A and D) deficiencies in Turkmenistan and of certain risk factors for malnutrition among children and women. The data will be collected on four target groups: 1) households, 2) preschool children aged 6-59 months, 3) non-pregnant women of child-bearing age (15-49 years of age), and 4) pregnant women.

The data will be collected by 60 field workers organized in 12 data collection teams which undertook an intensive two-week training at the International Research-Training Centre of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry.

This survey will cover each of Turkmenistan’s five regions and the capital. Survey teams will collect data in the households, and the biological specimens such as blood and urine samples will be collected at a centrally located House of Health in each etrap.

The results from the Turkmenistan National Micronutrient Survey among Women and Children are expected to contribute to a better understanding of the prevalence of anemia among children and women and thereby support evidence-based decision making for anemia reduction programmes. The survey will also inform the work on promotion of appropriate nutrition practices among children and women through relevant awareness raising campaigns and information. Understanding the geographic differences in the micronutrient status data by velayat will enable decision-makers to tailor the most appropriate solutions to the needs of each district.

Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and UNICEF encourage active participation of the household members in the survey for the wellbeing of every child in the country.

Media contacts

Selbi Hanova
Social and Behavior Change Officer
UNICEF in Turkmenistan
Tel: +993 12 48-83-52/55/57/58

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