NDHS

2003 National Demographic and Health Survey

The 2003 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) is a nationally representative survey of 13,945 women age 15-49 and 5,009 men age 15-54. The main purpose of the 2003 NDHS is to provide policy makers and program managers with detailed information on fertility, family planning, childhood and adult mortality, maternal and child health, knowledge and attitudes related to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. The 2003 NDHS also collects high quality data on family health: immunizations, prevalence and treatment of diarrhea and other diseases among children under five, antenatal visits, assistance at delivery and breastfeeding.

Under-Five Mortality Down to 34 Deaths per 1,000 Births (Preliminary Results from the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey)

In the Philippines, for every 1,000 live births, 34 die before reaching the age of five years, according to the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). The findings from the current and previous NDHSs reveal that under-five mortality rate in the country had declined gradually, from 54 deaths per 1,000 live births during the period 1988-1992 to 40 deaths per 1,000 live births in the period 1998-2002, and further down to its current level at 34 deaths per 1,000 live births (Table 1). The infant mortality rate in the country also declined, from 35 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in the period 1993-1997 to 25 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2003-2007.

Despite Declining Rates, Fertility Level in the Philippines Remains Among Highest in Southeast and Central Asia

Results from the 1998 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) confirm that while national fertility rates are declining, at an average of 3.7 children per woman,  they are still considerably higher than the rates prevailing in neighboring countries. Women in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and India have fewer than 3.5 children during their reproductive life. 

Technical Notes on the 1998 National and Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS)

INTRODUCTION

The 1998 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) was a national-level sample survey designed to provide information on various demographic and maternal and child health issues in the Philippines. The NDHS was conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in collaboration with the Department of Health. Macro International Inc. of Calverton, Maryland provided technical assistance to the project as part of its international Demographic and Health Surveys program, while financial assistance was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Philippines.

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