Ethiopia: Mini Demographic and Health Survey 2019

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The 2019 Ethiopia Mini Demographic and Health Survey (EMDHS) is the second Mini Demographic and Health Survey conducted in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) implemented the survey at the request of the Ministry of Health (MoH). Data collection took place from March 21, 2019, to June 28, 2019.

Financial support for the 2019 EMDHS was provided by the government of Ethiopia, the World Bank via MOFEC – Enhancing Shared Prosperity through Equitable Services (ESPES) and Promoting Basic Services Projects, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ICF provided technical assistance through the DHS Program, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and offers support and technical assistance for the implementation of population and health surveys in countries worldwide.

This Key Indicators report presents selected findings of the 2019 EMDHS. A comprehensive analysis of the data will be published in a final report in 2019.

The primary objective of the 2019 EMDHS project is to provide up-to-date estimates of key demographic and health indicators. Specifically, the main objectives of the survey are:

  • To collect high-quality data on contraceptive use; maternal and child health; infant, child, and neonatal mortality levels; child nutrition, and other health issues relevant to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • To measure maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality and its associated factors (i.e., antenatal and delivery care, pregnancy care, and so on).
  • To collect information on health-related matters such as breastfeeding, maternal and child care (antenatal, delivery, and postnatal), children’s immunisations, and childhood diseases.
  • To assess the nutritional status of children under age 5 by measuring weight and height,

Four full-scale DHS surveys were conducted in 2000, 2005, 2011, and 2016. The first Ethiopia Mini DHS, or EMDHS, was conducted in 2014. The 2019 EMDHS provides valuable information on trends in key demographic and health indicators over time. The information collected through the 2019 EMDHS is intended to assist policy makers and programme managers in evaluating and designing programmes and strategies for improving the health of the country’s population. The current survey included a health facility component that recorded data on children’s vaccinations, which were then combined with the household data on children’s vaccinations.

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