Demographic And Health Survey

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DEMOGRAPHIC AND HEALTH SURVEY
DEMOGRAPHIC AND HEALTH SURVEY
DEMOGRAPHIC AND HEALTH SURVEY

BACKGROUND

Strong public and health policy is based on accurate data. Since 1990, USAID and the Government of Jordan have collaborated to conduct seven Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), which provide comprehensive data on fertility, mortality, family planning, maternal and child health, and nutrition as a tool for assessing existing population and health programs and policies. The last DHS, conducted in 2017-2018, was the first to include Syrians and other nationalities living in Jordan. The demographic expansion provided an important disaggregation of data to enable national and international support for these populations.

PROJECT OVERVIEWS

USAID will continue its support to the Government of Jordan as it conducts its eighth Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) with data collection expected in late 2022. Previous surveys have informed Jordan on essential demographic characteristics, including: fertility, infant and child mortality rates, reproductive health, maternal and child nutrition, and women’s experience of violence (emotional, physical, and sexual violence). In addition to collecting a wide range of health and household indicators, for the second time, the survey will take into consideration the burden of the non-communicable diseases, and examine trends in the health and fertility status of the large number of Syrians in Jordan. Policymakers and program managers will use the information gathered and analyzed during the survey to improve existing health and social programs. Moreover, this survey will offer decisionmakers the first chance to apply nationwide population-based data to gauge the advances and declines of major health, demographic, and other social sector indicators since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide key data on the health impact of the pandemic on Jordan.

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS

Maintaining a consistent distribution of the national DHS will enable the Government of Jordan to institutionalize the survey and help policy makers to understand changes that may be occurring within the core demographics of Jordan’s communities. Additionally, regular data collection and analysis will provide the Government of Jordan the ability to track trends in health over time. With this technical assistance, the Government of Jordan will be better able to plan for, implement, evaluate, and adapt national social and health programming across sectors. Through closer partnership and increased direct financing, USAID is supporting Jordan in sustaining developments in the health sector. By improving the quality and availability of data on health status and services, and by enhancing the ability of local organizations to collect, analyze, and disseminate such information, the DHS will increase Jordan’s understanding of a wide range of health issues, and facilitate the use of these data in planning, policymaking, and program management.

Last updated: July 20, 2022

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