US government supports demographic and health survey in Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy Kevin Covert congratulated the Government of Tajikistan on conducting the second Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) at an event on December 14 in Dushanbe. Chargé Covert was joined at the presentation of the 2017 DHS results by Gulnora Hasanzoda, Director of the Agency of Statistics, and Saida Umarzoda, First Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection of the Population of Tajikistan, the US Embassy in Dushanbe said.

The DHS, a nationwide survey on women’s and children’s health and domestic violence, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was carried out by the Agency of Statistics under the President of Tajikistan in coordination with the Tajik Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population.
Close to 11,000 women between the ages of 15 and 49 from almost eight thousand households across the country were interviewed as part of the survey.

Results from the 2017 DHS will provide decision makers with databases and analyses useful for forming new and updated policies, planning appropriate programs, and monitoring and evaluating existing programs.

The Demographic and Health Survey is one of the many assistance projects made possible by the American people through USAID in collaboration of the Agency of Statistics under the President of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of Tajikistan.

Since Tajikistan’s independence, the U.S. government has provided more than $1.8 billion in assistance for programs that support Tajikistan’s security, democratic institutions, social sector, and economic growth. USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results.

Sergey Kwan

TCA