The United States through its agency for international development (USAID) has donated eight vehicles to the Liberia Institute of statistic and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), as part of its sponsored Measure Evaluation Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) project.
The eight Land Rover SUV vehicles, totaling approximately US$400,000, is a part of a fleet of 16 vehicles donated to LISGIS to accommodate the size, scale, and scope the DHS in all fifteen counties of Liberia.
The statement further indicated that the vehicles will also help implement other important survey throughout the year, including Household Income and Expenditure Survey.
Speaking at the vehicles handover ceremony at the U. S Embassy near Monrovia, USAID Mission Director to Liberia, Madam Patricia Rader said the cars will represent the possibility for LISGIS and the Government of Liberia to reach out to the county side to find out what happening.
She said the vehicles will be used to implement the DHS which the country hasn't had since 2007.
Madam Rader said the DHS is an important statistical data for the county and is essential to the working of the United State Government. She described the donation as a major investment for the people of Liberia and the People of the United State.
Receiving the key to the vehicles, the Director General of LISGIS, Dr. T. Edward Liberty, said the donation is a boost for the working of his entity. He said vehicles will significantly help LISGIS in the monitoring and evaluation of projects under the Agenda for Transformation, Liberia Vision for the next fifteen years.
Dr. Liberty added that the donation came at a time when the LISGIS is about to undertake the National Income Survey and the Agriculture Survey and the vehicles will cut down the cost of the projects.
The 2021-2013 Demographic and Health Survey is designed to provide detailed information on social-demographics, health and level of HIV in Liberia. The survey will quantify successes and shed light on the areas of continued improvement. It will also enable the government of Liberia to assess achievement towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals as well as provide other national and international agencies the ability to monitor and evaluate the achievements of policies and programs related to population, health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS.
Under the Measure Evaluation DHS, USAID has supported LISGIs to implement the Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS) and other surveys. The MEASURE Phase III DHS project aims to improve the collection, analysis and presentation of date and promote better use in planning, policymaking, managing, monitoring and evaluating population and health and Nutrition programs.
The project also seek to increase understanding of wide range of health issues by improving quality and the availability of data on health status and services and enhancing the ability of local organization to collect, analyze and disseminate such information. The USAID statement indicated. Author's contact, 231886270297; email: