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Gathering Data and Reporting Reproductive Health Indicators

Reproductive Health Surveys

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CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) helps countries throughout the world to develop, implement, and analyze national reproductive health surveys. These population-based surveys provide high quality data on a wide variety of reproductive health indicators such as fertility, contraceptive prevalence, antenatal care, and sexually-transmitted infections. Each country’s needs guide the survey content. Countries use the survey findings to assess reproductive health status, develop policy, and evaluate their programs and interventions. While carrying out the surveys, CDC staff works with in-country staff to build their survey skills. Review the list of countries where DRH  conducted surveys and link to reports and datasets.

CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health recently created the Reproductive Health Survey Toolkit based on decades of experience conducting surveys in Latin America. Available only in Spanish, it provides the necessary tools to produce high quality, internationally-comparable demographic and reproductive health information without external technical assistance. The Toolkit (Paquete de Herramientas para Encuestas de Salud Reproductiva) contains reference materials and software programs in four modules, each focused on a key technical component of the CDC Reproductive Health Surveys:  Model Questionnaire; Data Entry and Processing; Sample Design and Analysis Weights; and Statistical Analysis. It was created  as part of the USAID MEASURE project.

CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health continues to provide global technical assistance in survey design and implementation. We also conduct Survey Sustainability Assessments to measure a country’s ability to conduct surveys independently, and then prepare a Survey Continuity Plan to help the country achieve survey independence.

Addressing Women’s Reproductive Health Status in Crisis Situations

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CDC's DRH has worked with international humanitarian organizations that serve the reproductive health needs of women and their families since 1998. By applying its survey knowledge to refugee situations, DRH developed a tool kit to help these organizations to assess the reproductive health status and needs of women displaced from their homes because of natural and man-made disasters. These women may be refugees or internally displaced persons who are living in stabilized camp settings, returning to their country of origin, or integrating into the local host community.  Learn more about the Reproductive Health Assessment Toolkit, and about online training in using the Toolkit.



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Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Analysis of Population-Based Data from 12 Countries
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