The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) is part of a new five-year, $200 million USAID-funded contract to implement the Demographic and Health Surveys Program (DHS), which has collected important health data through more than 300 surveys in more than 90 countries since 1984. CCP is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
CCP will continue to work under ICF, a global consulting and digital services provider, which leads the program that collects, analyzes and disseminates accurate and representative data on topics such as fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, gender, HIV/AIDS, malaria, nutrition and environmental health in low- and middle-income countries. CCP has been part of DHS for the past 15 years and will continue to lead efforts in communication and dissemination of survey results.
“DHS is one of the most valuable data-collection enterprises in global health and we help countries understand how to use the massive amounts of data that it collects,” says CCP’s Ms. Erica Nybro, a senior advisor for communication at DHS. “The information doesn’t have value if it just sits on a shelf. It only has value if you use it to guide decision-making.”
CCP’s work focuses on distributing data through the DHS website and other mobile tools, but also making it easier to understand what the data mean to policymakers at the country or local level. The data can reveal if a country is making progress and offer clues on how to move forward if it is not. DHS compares data within countries over time and with other countries.