Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, 2003

Published by Nairobi, Kenya, Central Bureau of Statistics, 2004 Jul.

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This detailed report presents the major findings of the 2003 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (2003 KDHS). The 2003 KDHS is the fourth survey of its kind to be undertaken in Kenya, others being in 1989, 1993, and 1998. The 2003 KDHS differed in two aspects from the previous KDHS surveys: it included a module on HIV prevalence from blood samples, and it covered all parts of the country, including the arid and semi-arid districts that had previously been omitted from the KDHS. The 2003 KDHS was implemented by the Central Bureau of Statistics. Fieldwork was carried out between April and September 2003. The primary objective of the 2003 KDHS was to provide up-to-date information for policymakers, planners, researchers, and programme managers, which would allow guidance in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of population and health programmes in Kenya. Specifically, the 2003 KDHS collected 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 and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition, it collected information on malaria and use of mosquito nets, domestic violence among women, and HIV prevalence of adults. (excerpt)

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