Health survey underway

HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) is currently undertaking the 2010-2011 Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS).

The survey collects information on reproduction, contraception and fertility preferences; marriage and sexually activity; HIV and Aids. It also focuses on peoples participation in health care; maternal and child health care; childrens immunisation; anaemia testing; and birth registration.

The field work started in September 2010 and will end in February 2011. It involves a team of trained interviewers visiting selected households countrywide and gathering information from the general populace on demographic and health issues.

The HIV and Aids component of the survey entails asking members of selected households about their knowledge and attitudes on HIV.

Blood samples will be taken on a voluntary basis, and taken to the National Medical Reference Laboratory (NMRL) for anonymous and voluntary HIV testing. The results will then be collated by ZIMSTAT to produce aggregate statistics on population-based HIV prevalence rates in the country.

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