Launch of The 2022 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) Key Indicators Report
The State Department for Economic Planning, Principal Secretary James Muhati, officiated the launch of the 2022 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) Key Indicators Report on Tuesday 17/1/2023. The Principal Secretary was representing the National Treasury and Economic Planning Cabinet Secretary Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u who was invited as the Chief Guest but had other official engagements.
The 2022 KDHS Report is the 7th DHS Survey implemented in Kenya with the aim of providing Demographic, Health and Nutrition Indicators to guide in planning, and monitoring and evaluation in the Country’s Health Sector. The 2022 Kenya Demographic Health Survey is as a result of close collaboration between the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in the health sector.
“The indicators report being launched today provides highlights of key demographic and health indicators on; Fertility, Morality, Family Planning, Nutrition, Child Health and Maternal Health.” PS Muhati said.
He added that the survey results demonstrate the progress made and the challenges that need to be addressed highlighting some of the accomplishments attained such as;
- Decline in the total fertility rate which led to man increase in the contraceptive prevalence rate.
- Decline in under 5 mortality from 115 deaths per 1000 live births in 2003 to 41 deaths per 1000 live births in the 2022.
- Increase in the percentage of children aged 12-13 months who received all basic vaccines from 77% in 2008-2009 KDHS to 80% in 2022.
- Increase in the proportion of mothers who reported receiving antenatal care from a skilled health provider from 88% in 2003 TO 98% in 2022.
- Collection of data on mental health for the first time in the history of the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey Indicators.
He also stated that the Country faced some socio – economic challenges such as; High level of adolescent fertility, mental health, chronic diseases, HIV/AIDS, high unmet needs for family planning, contraceptive commodity, malaria and TB.
“The Kenya Kwanza Manifesto shows the government’s determination to realize the constitutional right to health in the shortest time by delivering on Universal Healthcare System (UHC).” He emphasized.
In attendance were; The US Ambassador to Kenya, the UN Resident Coordinator, Chairman of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, development partners and other distinguished guests.