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May 30, 2007
Niger DHS shows some improvements in child health, but maternal health remains poor

Calverton, MD. According to the recently released 2006 Niger DHS Multiple Indicator Survey, vaccination for children has improved, but women’s fertility remains very high and there has been no improvement in maternal health since the last survey was conducted in 1998.

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May 30, 2007
Ministry of Health releases results of new Armenia Demographic and Health Survey

Calverton, MD. Earlier today, the Ministry of Health released the final report for the 2005 Armenia Demographic and Health Survey (ADHS). The survey, which interviewed nearly 8,000 men and women across the country, was implemented by the National Statistical Service and the Ministry of Health. The ADHS found that Armenia’s total fertility rate (TFR) is 1.7, the same as it was three years preceding the survey. The TFR represents the total number of children a woman will bear during her reproductive years.

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May 25, 2007
Maternal and child heath making slow progress, according to new Haiti DHS

Calverton, MD - Maternal and child health in Haiti have improved only slightly in the last twenty years, and many health indicators remain troubling, according to the latest Demographic and Health Survey, released in May.

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May 24, 2007
Nepal experiences big drop in fertility

Calverton, MD - Fertility in Nepal has dropped by one child over the past five years, according to the newly released 2006 Demographic and Health Survey. Currently, women have an average of 3.1 births during their lifetimes. This represents a significant decline in fertility since 2001 when women were having an average of 4.1 births. This decline is due in part to the continued increase in the use of family planning.

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May 22, 2007
Less than one percent of Cambodian adults are HIV positive, but misconceptions about HIV are widespread

Calverton, MD – Results from the recently released 2005 Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey (CDHS) indicate that 0.6 percent of Cambodian adults age 15-49 are infected with HIV. Prevalence is the same for women and men. The new survey used population-based methods rather than sentinel surveillance.

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