Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS)

1. What is Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS)?
The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey is a national research activity designed to collect data to monitor the population and health situation in the country.

2. Has the KDHS been conducted before in Kenya?
Yes. The KDHS was conducted in 1989, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2009.

3. What is unique about the 2014 KDHS?
The 2014 KDHS is unique as it is the first survey designed to provide demographic and health indicators at the county level.

4. Who will participate in the 2014 KDHS?
All women aged between 15 and 49 and men aged between 15 and 54, who are residents or visitors in the selected households. Also, all children aged 6 and under will be measured height and weight.

5. How are participants selected?
KNBS has a Sampling Frame, which is updated after every Population and Housing Census. Households are selected at random from this sampling frame. The selected households are used to represent other households in the entire country.

6. What information will be collected during the 2014 KDHS?
The 2014 KDHS will collect information on, among others, maternal health and mortality; antenatal and postnatal care; infant and child mortality; nutrition; breastfeeding; child health; family planning; fertility and fertility preferences; female genital mutilation; fistula; domestic violence; tobacco use; HIV/Aids knowledge, attitude and practice; malaria; household and respondent characteristics, and other health related issues.

7. How long will the KDHS take?
The exercise will take 6 months, from May 2014 to October 2014.

8. Who is conducting the KDHS?
The KDHS is being conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. KNBS is the principal Government agency for official statistics. To conduct this exercise, KNBS has partnered with the Ministry of Health, National Council for Population and Development and some development partners.

9. Must I participate in the 2014 KDHS if I have been selected?
It is important to participate if you have been selected. If you do not participate, the Government will not have the necessary information to plan health programmes in your area, and in the entire country.

10 What will happen to the information I give?
The information you will provide to KNBS researchers will be treated in confidence, as guaranteed by the Statistics Act, 2006. Your information will be stored in KNBS. It will not be revealed to a third party and it will be used for research purposes only.

If you need further information on the 2014 KDHS please contact:

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics
Herufi House, Lt. Tumbo Rd.
P.O Box 30266 – 00100
Tel: 020 317583/6/8 and Fax: 020 315977
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