The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders is carrying out a Demographic and Health Survey across the country.
The survey began on the 17th of February 2022 and will run for the next two months.
Kiambu County Statistics officer, William Konde said that Kiambu County is expected to visit 42 sample areas within which 25 households will be interviewed.
“The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey is a program that focuses on demographic and primary health care indicators. It is conducted after every five years and is important as it provides up to date estimates that help in monitoring and evaluating health related policies and programs,” he said.
Konde explained that the survey is targeting women and men from the sampled households in selected areas across the country.
This particular survey, he added is expected to give out information on the estimate of fertility, maternal and child health and the knowledge and behaviour related to transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
He added that it will also obtain information on non-communicable diseases and other health issues.
“This survey will also ascertain the extent and pattern of domestic violence and female genital mutilation and collect anthropometric measures for children, women and men,” the Statistics officer said.
“We will be using questionnaires during this period and we want to assure that during this time confidentiality of information will apply since the information is being used for statistics purposes only,” he said.
The Government, Konde said, is appealing to the public to cooperate with the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey data collection officers by answering all the questions that will be administered in order to make the survey a success.
The first Demographic Health Survey was conducted in 1989. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has been in charge of conducting the survey since 2003.
By Evalyne Kamau