The new figures from the Mortality, Morbidity and Utilization Survey (EMMUS VI) will allow the government to better define their actions. Public policies will be based on the data from the survey. They will also serve local and international partners in their daily interventions.
Port-au-Prince, August 21, 2018- EMMUS VI was launched in the presence of the main actors and donors of the health sector, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP), UNICEF, the Embassy Canada, the United States Embassy, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Bank, among others.
Dr. Marie Greta Roy Clément, Minister of Health, recalled that the data presented is the backbone of public health. “Indeed, all your decisions, if they want to be rational and hopeful for the Haitian people, must necessarily be based on statistics of reliable services and news,” she insisted.
The Minister further indicated that with the publication of these results, the diagnosis of the health situation is available which will facilitate better planning and management of our programs and projects in public health. This will bring the country closer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“There is still a long way to go, we must hasten the pace, trot or even gallop if we want to present a satisfactory record of our health actions by 2030,” she said. Dr. Roy Clément also emphasized the efforts to equip the health system with qualified human resources, particularly in the field of community health. Thus, the system has been enriched by: 1,200 community health workers, 270 general nursing assistants, 270 health officers.
UNICEF contributed to EMMUS VI
UNICEF, along with other partners, provided technical and financial support for the survey. “UNICEF is proud to have accompanied the MSSP in the production of this important survey, and wishes to recall that this support is a continuation of the previous EMMUS,” said Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.
Ms. Fornara praised the leadership of the MSPP in this survey. “This survey will enable us to better direct our actions, alongside the government and in collaboration with our partners and donors, to reach the most vulnerable children and families in the most remote areas of the country,” he said. she emphasized, while renewing UNICEF’s commitment alongside the MSPP.
A fundamental inquiry
The Sixth Survey Mortality, Morbidity and Utilization in Haiti 2016-2017 (EMMUS-VI) is a representative sample survey at the national level. The main objective of the 2016-2017 EMMUS-VI is to provide updated estimates of basic demographic and health indicators.
During the 2016-2017 EMMUS-VI, data were collected on fertility levels, fertility preferences, knowledge and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, and mortality. children, infant and maternal health, possession and use of mosquito nets, nutritional status of mother and child.