The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated materials and equipment worth over K450, 000 to the Central Statistical Office (CSO) meant for the 2018 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS).

UNFPA Country Representative Gift Malunga has reaffirmed the UN agency’s support to government towards improving the collection, processing, in-depth analysis and dissemination of timely data for the country’s development aspirations.

Ms. Malunga said during the handover ceremony in Lusaka yesterday that the data which will be collected during the survey is important in decision making and policy formulation which are vital in national development.

She explained that the data collected will greatly contribute to the body of evidence that will serve as benchmarks for the country’s progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms. Malunga has since reaffirmed UNFPA’s support to the government towards improving the collection, processing, in-depth analysis and dissemination of timely and accurate census for the country’s development aspirations.

She further pledged continued collaboration with the Zambian government in increasing the availability of data to guide investments, resource allocation and development planning.

And Central Statistical Office Acting Director Goodson Sinyenga disclosed that the data survey is important to government as it provides the health sector with evidence of efforts being made towards the attainment of most set goals.

The donated items include mattresses, foldable camp tables and chairs, survey branded shirts, lamps laminating machine, toner, torches and batteries.

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