The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) is an internationally recognized survey aimed at determining the demographic and health situation of countries. The survey is conducted every 5 years or within a period of a country’s choosing. In the Maldives, the first DHS was conducted in 2009, making the 2016-2017 survey, the 2nd survey of its kind. The survey was conducted in accordance with international standards and technical assistance was provided throughout various phases of the survey, from survey design phase to final dissemination, by ICF International.
Ministry of Health in collaboration with ICF international is currently finalizing the report of DHS 2016-2017 for the second round of Maldives Demographic and Health Survey. A 10-day workshop, “Maldives Demographic and Health Survey Report Finalization Workshop” is scheduled to take place between the period of 30th September till 11th October 2018 at SHE building, Male’.
The main objective of the workshop is to produce a final, edited, and corrected version of the preliminary report and the final report of the survey with the input of all stakeholders before dissemination. Also, by the end of the workshop, the participants will have a thorough knowledge on facilitating the dissemination of MDHS 2016-2017 in the Maldives.
The MDHS 2016-2017 is a nationally representative survey of mainly 14-45 aged men and women and provides current health situation in several areas including, marriage and sexual activity, fertility,fertility preference,family planning, infant and child mortality, reproductive health, Child Health, Nutrition of children and adults, HIV/AIDS-related knowledge, violence against women, other health issues and early childhood development. The report also includes biomarker and anemia measurements for children.
The policy makers and programme planners would use the findings of this report, to formulate health policies and target health interventions to most needed population groups or issues, with the aim of reducing health inequities and improving overall health and wellbeing of citizens of Maldives.