Mobile Tech Drives Faster Data Collection for Family Planning

December 22, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

Mobile Tech Drives Faster Data Collection for Family Planning Indicators With PMA2020

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In an effort to revamp the time-intensive process of conducting household surveys to collect health data in developing countries, a new project is using mobile phones and rapid processing techniques to generate regular updates for a tranche of indicators previously only adjusted every three to five years.


The Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 project (PMA2020) is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and conducts surveys in seven countries so far to estimate and track a number of development indicators at the household level. The surveys, updated every 6 to 12 months, focus on access to and use of family planning and water and sanitation data, with additional program areas and three countries to be added later.


Melinda Gates has described the project in vivid terms as an attempt to remedy limited and delayed information about family planning, which the Gates Foundation sees as a historically underinvested field. Data provided by the project is meant to inform Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), a global initiative that has captured the attention and resources of the foundation, other donors, and country governments with its unifying goal to expand family planning use to 120 million additional women in 69 countries by 2020.

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