Cairo – Mubasher: The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics announced today, Tuesday, the results and indicators of the Egyptian family health survey 2021, implemented for the first time by the agency and based on the directives of the political leadership to build a comprehensive and accurate database that provides evidence to inform and formulate the required population and health policies and programs.
The results of the survey showed a decrease in the fertility rate to 2.85 children per woman, compared to 3.5 in 2014, and an increase in the rates of family planning methods, contributing to the achievement of national goals to reduce population growth control, according to the Middle East News Agency.
Major General Khairat Barakat, head of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, said. In his speech during the press conference, the results showed a decrease in the mortality of children (1-4) years to reach 3 children per 1000 births, compared to 5 in 2014, while the data showed a high level of anemia for children indicate less. than five years old to reach 43% compared to 27% in 2014..
The data also suggest that there have been achievements in reducing fertility rates in different geographical areas to varying degrees..
The results also showed a clear improvement in the indicators of pregnancy and delivery care, and in contrast, the rate of caesarean sections increased significantly, and this represents a burden on the government sector in particular and families in general..
The results also indicate a decrease in the rates of female circumcision among girls 0-19 years to reach 14% compared to 21% in 2014 due to the great efforts during the previous years..
Major General Khairat Barakat emphasized the mobilization that health for all represents one of the most important goals of the Egyptian government, as it is one of the main pillars to ensure the quality of life, which is the highest goal that all health programs seek to achieve ..
During the press conference, Barakat explained that the recent period has seen the political leadership’s interest in public health through many initiatives in this area, such as the initiative to end the waiting lists, the 100 million health initiative, as well as the women’s health initiative and the initiative for early detection of the health status of children and school students, who were all This has positive effects to increase the health level of the citizen and the negative effects of the Corona pandemic that the world has been exposed to since the end of 2019.
Barakat said that in order to follow up and evaluate achievements in the field of population and health development, it was necessary to rely on updated, accurate and reliable data that help monitor changes and trends in population conditions for different periods. The Egyptian household health survey is one of the most important surveys as it provides results. Important about the population and health conditions at the national and governorate level.. Hence the state’s interest in the implementation of this Egyptian family health survey 2021, which was carried out by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics.
He added that the Egyptian Household Health Survey 2021 is a continuation of the series of population health surveys that started since 1988 and under which seven surveys were implemented, the last of which was in 2014..
He pointed out that the Agency is keen to apply the same methodologies so that the results can be compared with those issued by previous surveys, pointing out that the Agency has done a lot of preparatory and field work to ensure compliance with international standards and quality to ensure work, which includes the preparation of forms in accordance with the objectives of the survey and the needs of all stakeholders and approved by the Technical Committee. As well as determining the size of the basic sample for the survey and its distribution in accordance with scientific standards, which makes it possible to obtain estimates of indicators at the national level, different regions and governorates..
Barakat added that this survey was conducted for the first time with national funding, and it was implemented using the latest information technology to collect data by tablet and send it directly to the device’s databases..
Barakat presented some of the main results of the Egyptian Family Health Survey 2021, which covers the basic indicators in various fields and includes reproductive levels, family planning and sources of access to resources, child health and vaccinations, the nutritional status of circumcised children, children’s well-being, youth attitudes about family planning and the optimal number of children
The results of this survey were considered a basis for measuring the performance of population health programs, as they provide an important database to identify future interventions needed to meet the challenges of population growth and health challenges..
The survey data revealed the continuation of the relationship between education, reproductive levels and the use of family planning, confirming the need for continued attention to women’s education due to its impact on reducing birth rates and the high level of family planning use..
The fertility indicators in the survey were shown to be consistent with the indicators calculated from the vital statistics (birth rate and met) for the births.).
Barakat indicated that the agency is currently preparing to issue the final report on the results of the survey, which will include all the detailed results, especially at the governorate level, which will undoubtedly contribute to the formulation of local programs and interventions to population- and health goals and support the state’s efforts within the framework of the national project for the development of the Egyptian family and a decent life.
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