Project profile — Support to the National Survey on Maternal and Child Health

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Support to the National Survey on Maternal and Child Health - Overview
UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund (XM-DAC-41122)
2014-03-13 - 2016-06-30
Country / region • Guatemala (100.00%)
Sector • Health, General
Health policy and administrative management (12110) (100.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


The project aims to support the 6th National Survey on Maternal and Child Health in Guatemala, a key tool to influence decision-makers and support the formulation and monitoring of food security policies, programs and budgets by the government and donors. Guatemala's Ministry of Health and the National Statistics Institute lead the survey, with the technical support of UNICEF. Project activities include: (1) sharing information and analysis on food and nutrition security concerning children under five and men and women of reproductive age; (2) gathering information from women, men and households on their health and nutritional status, levels of mortality, fertility and reproductive patterns to highlight inequalities and determining factors, such as sex, age, location, urban-rural settlement, ethnicity, and education levels; and (3) supporting the Government of Guatemala to account to its citizens on the performance of the Zero Hunger Pact.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: improved monitoring and decision making on maternal and child health, food security and nutrition programming by public authorities based on comprehensive and accurate statistics with sex and age disaggregated data.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) the National Survey on Maternal and Child Health team publicly presented a report on Basic Indicators that analysed 15 indicators directly related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) with the support of Canada, UNICEF and other donors (United States Agency for International Development, Sweden and Spain); and (2) the results from the report on Basic Indicators revealed that Guatemala has achieved the MDG goals in the reduction of under-five mortality rate, and showed that the country has made important progress toward the reduction of the under-one mortality rate, as well as important progress toward universal access to reproductive health; (4) the national survey has been important for the newly elected government that took office in January 2016, as it provides reliable and relevant information in order to coordinate and evaluate national policies, plans, budgets and strategies, mainly those related to maternal, newborn and child health, food security and nutrition.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
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