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Sep 27, 2011
Effective contraception key to reducing induced abortions and unintended births

Calverton, Maryland, USA
About one-third of unintended births and one-half of all induced abortions in developing countries could be prevented if women switched to more effective contraceptive methods, according to a new analytical study published by ICF Macro. Analyses of reproductive histories among women in 20 low- and middle-income countries included in the new study show that contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancies and births are very common among family planning users. 

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Sep 15, 2011
MEASURE DHS releases new website and STATcompiler

Calverton, Maryland, USA
The new MEASURE DHS website (www.measuredhs.com) and STATcompiler (www.statcompiler.com) were launched today, introducing the global community to new ways of visualizing Demographic and Health Surveys data. New features of the website include an interactive map of countries and surveys, an enhanced publications library, and more information on survey methodology. The new, more user-friendly STATcompiler features customized tables, as well as charts, maps, and scatter plots.

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May 26, 2011
New study finds dramatic increases in mosquito net ownership and HIV testing in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
More than six in ten households in Tanzania have an insecticide-treated mosquito net, according to the newly released 2010 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey (TDHS). More children are living past their fifth birthday, and HIV testing has increased markedly. However, the 2010 TDHS reveals that many Tanzanian children are malnourished.

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May 24, 2011
New report to be released on quality of health care services in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya
The Minister of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 Hon. Wycliff Oparanya, will officially release the 2010 Service Provision Assessment (KSPA) survey results. The report paints a mixed picture of Kenya’s health facilities. Child care, antenatal care, family planning, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections are widely available in at least two-thirds of Kenyan health care facilities.

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Mar 03, 2011
Services for child health, family planning, and HIV testing available in more than 80% of health care facilities in Namibia

Windhoek, Namibia
Most health care facilities in Namibia offer the full range of primary care services, according to the 2009 Namibia Health Facility Census (NHFC), the first survey of its kind in Namibia. Nine in ten facilities provide family planning, outpatient care for sick children, treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling, and eight in ten facilities offer antenatal care. Lack of infection control and essential equipment in some services remains a major challenge, the new survey reports.

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