The 2009 Kiribati Demographic and Health Survey was the first survey in phase two of Pacific DHS Project with funding support from ADB. The primary objective of this survey was to provide up-to-date information for policy-makers, planners, researchers and programme managers, for use in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating population and health programmes within the country. The survey was intended to provide key estimates of Kiribati’s demographic and health situation.

The main objective of the 2009 Kiribati Demographic and Health Survey (2009 KDHS) is to provide current and reliable data on fertility and family planning behaviour, child mortality, adult and maternal mortality, children’s nutritional status, the use of maternal and child healthcare services, and knowledge of HIV and AIDS. Specific objectives are to:

  • Collect data (at the national level) that will allow the calculation of key demographic rates;
  • Analyse the direct and indirect factors that determine the level and trends of fertility;
  • Measure the level of contraceptive knowledge and practice among women and men by method, urban–rural residence and region;
  • Collect high-quality data on family health, including immunisation coverage among children, prevalence and treatment of diarrhoea and other diseases among children under age 5 years, and maternity care indicators (including antenatal visits, assistance at delivery, and postnatal care);
  • Collect data on infant and child mortality;
  • Obtain data on child feeding practices, including breastfeeding, and collect ‘observation’ information to use in assessing the nutritional status of women and children;
  • Collect data on knowledge and attitudes of women and men about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV and AIDS, and evaluate patterns of recent behaviour regarding condom use;
  • Collect data on knowledge and attitudes of women and men about tuberculosis.

Full documentation can be found in the Pacific Data Hub Microdata Library: