1999 Kazakhstan National Demographic and Health Survey

Assignment name:
1999 Demographic and Health Survey (1999 KDHS)
Value of the contract: US $ 678,987
Location within country: Entire country
Duration of assignment: 24 month
Name of Client: US Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Total No of staff-months of the assignment: 240 (not included: interviewers and technicians hired separately)
Address: 41 Kazbek bi, Almaty, Value of the services provided under the contract: US$ 678,987
Start date: April, 1999
Completion date: March, 2002
No of professional staff-months provided by associated consultant: 35
Name of associated Consultant:
MEASURE DHS+ project of Macro International Inc. in the U.S.
Key staff:
Team Leader: Dr. Temirkhan Bekbosynov
Project Director: Dr. Nailya Karsybekova
Team supervisors: Dr. Bedel Sarbayev, Akkumis Salkhanova
Consultants: Dr. Jerry Sullivan, Dr. Almaz Sharman, Ms. Than Le, Mr. Trevor Croft
Narrative description of project:
The purpose of the 1999 KDHS was to develop a single integrated set of data for the government of to use in planning effective policies and programs in the areas of health and nutrition. The survey was designed to provide current data on women’s reproductive histories; knowledge and use of methods of contraception; breastfeeding practices; and the nutrition, vaccination coverage, and episodes of diseases among their children under the age of five. The survey also included the measurement of the hemoglobin level in the blood to assess the prevalence of anemia, and measurements of height and weight to assess nutritional status (funded by UNICEF).
Since the 1999 KDHS was the second survey, it provided comparable data for analysis of trends in fertility, reproductive health, and child health and nutrition. Both surveys contributed to the growing international database on demographic and health-related variables.
Description of actual services provided within the assignment:
Adaptation of the questionnaire – three questionnaires were used for the 1999 KDHS: the Household Questionnaire, the Women’s Questionnaire, and the Men’s Questionnaire. These questionnaires were based on the model survey instruments developed for the MEASURE DHS+ program and were adapted to the data needs of .
Refining of sample in the field
Training- Eighty people were recruited as field supervisors, editors, health investigators and interviewers and were trained for three and a half weeks. Training consisted of lectures and practice in the classroom, as well as interviewing in the field. The training of health investigators, who were responsible for anthropometric measurements (height and weight) and hemoglobin testing of women and children, was accomplished by two days in the classroom and three days in the field.
Fieldwork – A total of 6,301 households were selected in the sample, of which 5,844 were interviewed, yielding a household response rate of 98 per­cent. Interviews were success­fully completed with 4,800 of these women, yielding a response rate of 98 percent. Response rate for men was 94 percent.
Data entry
Data analysis
Writing of the final report
Almaz Sharman, President, Academy of Preventive Medicine
Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, 66 Klochkov st, office 601
+7 (727) 317-8855