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US$2.7m to complete Demographic & Health Survey

September 28, 2018

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Sierra Leone’s Statistician General on Wednesday disclosed that they would need $2.7 million to be able to complete the 2018 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS).

The DHS is a survey which collects detailed information of Sierra Leoneans, including health records, education, household conditions and other social themes across the population.

During his presentation of Statistics Sierra Leone 2019 budget and strategic plan, Professor Osman Sankoh  informed the gathering that they have started the process with the listing of household across the country.

“Funding to complete the process has been a severe challenge for us. We are expecting $3.7million dollars but we have only received $958, 577,” he said and described the survey as very important to the country and therefor pleaded for it to be funded.

According to him, the survey was being funded by the government, Global Fund, World Bank, United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and USAID, among others.

He urged the Ministry of Finance to provide more funds to the institution to enable it collect quality and timely data, while complaining about low salary and poor conditions of service for staff.

Professor Sankoh said for 2019, they intend to upgrade the institution from paper system of data collection to a more ICT-based data collection and processing to ensure reliability and timely delivery of statistical outcomes.

He added that late and inadequate disbursement of funds to carry out routine statistical activities and administration affected their output.

Statistic Sierra Leone asked for additional funds from the finance ministry even though the budget ceiling allocated to them is Le8 billion for 2019.