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As part of its commitment of over US$ 420,000 for the up-coming Liberia Demographic and Household Survey (LDHS) 2012-13, UNICEF Resident Representative Isabel Crowley will hand over 15 motorbikes (one each of the 15 counties), 5 computers and 2 printers to LISGIS Director General Dr. T. Edward Liberty on 8 August 2012.UNICEF will also provide two hardtop 4WD drive vehicles in September 2012 to better facilitate the nationwide survey.
Despite huge effort and progress on data collection and analyses, reliable and accurate data are still a major challenge. Lack of data is often the main constraint against effective programming. The LDHS 2012-13 will contribute to addressing this general lack of data on important socio-economic indicators such as health, nutrition, protection, WASH and HIV and AIDS. These indicators will help the government, UN and the development partners to measure progress towards improving the socio-economic status of the people, especially vulnerable children and women, in Liberia. It will also provide vital inputs for future developmental programmes through the country's Economic and Growth and Development Strategy 2013-2017 (EGDS/ PRSII).
The LDHS 2012-13 will support the Government, UNICEF and development partners to design evidence-based projects and programmes thus enabling children and women in Liberia to realise their rights to basic health and education and to be protected from violence, abuse and exploitation as enshrined in the Liberia Children's Act and the various international protocols and conventions to which Liberia is a signatory.
LISGIS, under the guidance of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs (MPEA) and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) will conduct the survey. Data collection is scheduled to start from November 2012 and end by mid-March 2013. The preliminary findings are expected to be available by June 2013and final results by late 2013 or early 2014. The total cost of the LDHS 2012-13 is estimated at about US$ 2.3 million. Other key national collaborators to LDHS 2012include the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR), National AIDS Control Programme (NACP). The major international donors and partners are United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Fund (GF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and ICF International.