Short Name: 
KEN 2008-09 DHS 

The 2008-09 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) was implemented by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (including the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme-NASCOP), the Ministry of Medical Services, the Ministry of Gender, the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the National Coordinating Agency for Population Development (NCAPD), and the National AIDS Control Council (NACC). The National Public Health Laboratory Services assisted in recruitment and training of the health field workers, supported the voluntary counselling and testing of respondents, and implemented the HIV testing in the laboratory. Technical assistance was provided through the international MEASURE DHS programme at ICF Macro and NCAPD. Financial support for the survey was provided by the Government of Kenya and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The survey obtained detailed information on fertility levels, marriage, sexual activity, fertility preferences, awareness and use of family planning methods, breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of women and young children, childhood and maternal mortality, maternal and child health, and awareness and behaviour regarding HIV/AIDS. The survey also included collection information on ownership and use of mosquito nets, domestic violence, and HIV testing of adults.

The 2008-09 KDHS is a nationally representative sample survey of 8,444 women age 15 to 49 and 3,465 men age 15 to 54 selected from 400 sample points (clusters) throughout Kenya. It is designed to provide data to monitor the population and health situation in Kenya as a follow-up to the 1989, 1993, 1998, and 2003 KDHS surveys. The survey utilised a two-stage sample based on the 1999 Population and Housing Census and was designed to produce separate estimates for key indicators for each of the eight provinces in Kenya. Data collection took place over a three-month period, from 13 November 2008 to late February 2009.

The final report is available here


First released on: 
1 Jul, 2010 
Last version on: 
1 Jul, 2010 
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