By Felix Mwenge
The 2013-2014 Zambian Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS) report was officially launched recently by the Central Statistical Office. The ZDHS is an internationally recognized survey that collects nationwide information on various health and population related issues, useful for health, demographic and social development planning.
The current ZDHS is arguably very timely for at least two reasons. Firstly, the Revised Sixth National Development Plan (rSNDP) will come to an end in 2016 and the ZDHS can give insights about the achievement of health outcomes during the rSNDP period and where gaps remain. This is important for drafting the Seventh National Development Plan which will follow.