Angola’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) Will Launch the First Demographic Health Survey

Angola’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) will launch the first demographic health survey in May 2015. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is collaborating with INE and the Ministry of Health to design and implement the Inquerito de Indicadores Multiplos e de Saude (IIMS) population-based on survey that will be providing quality information on key social and health indicators at the provincial level. The IIMS surveyors will go house-to-house to assess and evaluate data on HIV/AIDS, malaria and anemia biomarkers. The IIMS survey results are vital for well-guided decision-making for the country’s overarching goals to end preventable maternal and child death and to achieve an AIDS-free generation. The IIMS will also allow Angolan authorities to compare Angola’s health status with the rest of the world. During a March 26 presentation in Luanda of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics, the INE Director, Camilo Ceita, announced that the IIMS is a major challenge for this year’s strategy. The United States Government through USAID is providing technical and financial assistance and also provides support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The IIMS will also receive support from several Angola government departments and other donors.