Short Name: 
GHA 2008 DHS 

The 2008 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (2008 GDHS) is the fifth in a series of national-level population and health surveys conducted in Ghana as part of the global Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) programme. The survey is designed to provide information to monitor the population and health situation in Ghana as a follow-on to the 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003 GDHS surveys. The survey used a twostage sample based on the 2000 Population and Housing Census to produce separate estimates for key indicators for each of the ten regions in Ghana. The GDHS 2008 household sample of more than 12,000 households was large enough to provide a sampling frame for conducting casespecific child mortality surveillance for children under five years using a Verbal Autopsy Questionnaire. Each household selected for the GDHS was eligible for interview with the Household Questionnaire, and a total of 11,778 households were interviewed. In half of the households selected for the survey, all eligible women age 15-49 and all eligible men age 15-59 were interviewed with the Women’s and Men’s Questionnaires, respectively. A total of 4,916 women age 15-49 and 4,568 men age 15-59 from 6,141 households were interviewed. Data collection took place over a three-month period, from early September to late November 2008.

The survey obtained detailed information on fertility, marriage, sexual activity, fertility preferences, awareness and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of women and young children, childhood mortality, maternal and child health, awareness and behaviour regarding HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition, the 2008 GDHS collected information on domestic violence, malaria and use of mosquito nets, and carried out anaemia testing and anthropometric measurements for women and children. Data on causes of child mortality based on verbal autopsy reports are not included to this report and will be presented as a separate publication.
The 2008 GDHS was implemented by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service. Technical assistance was provided by ICF Macro through the MEASURE DHS programme. Financial support for the survey was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the
Government of Ghana, UNICEF, UNFPA and Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).
The full report is available here.


First released on: 
1 Sep, 2009 
Last version on: 
1 Sep, 2009 
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