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Ghana Demographic and Health Survey 2008


General Info
Ghana (GHA)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
09/2008 - 11/2008
Series or system 
Child Verbal Autopsy Study (CVAS)
DHS Program Surveys
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • GPS coordinates (GIS)
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative
  • Verbal autopsy

The Ghana Demographic and Health Survey 2008 is part of phase 5 of the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) series. For the 2008 Ghana DHS, 4,916 women ages 15-49 and 4,568 men ages 15-59 were successfully interviewed from 11,778 households.

A follow up survey to the 2008 Ghana DHS called the Ghana Child Verbal Autopsy Study 2008 was conducted with the objective of gathering cause of death information for children under five through interviews with a sub-sample of households that had reported a child death during the 2008 Ghana DHS.

The 2008 Ghana Child VA Study data are included with the 2008 Ghana DHS microdata file release.

Abortion, Abortive outcome, Adverse effects of medical treatments, Alcohol use, Anemia, Animal injuries, Antenatal care, Anthropometry, Ascariasis, Asthma, BCG vaccines, Birth asphyxia, Birth weight, Blood tests, Blood transfusions, Body mass index, Breastfeeding, Breathing difficulty, Burns, Caesarean section, Cancers, Child anthropometry, Child mortality, Childhood sexual violence, Complete birth history, Condoms, Congenital anomalies, Congenital heart anomalies, Contraceptives, Cooking fuels, Cough, DTP vaccines, Death certificates, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Diarrheal diseases, Diet, Domestic violence, Drownings, Edema, Education, Employment, Secondhand smoke, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, FFQ, Falls, Family composition, Family planning, Family size, Female infertility, Fertility, Fever, Gestational age, HIV and AIDS, Headache, Health care access, Health literacy, Heart disease, Height, Hemoglobin, Hookworm disease, Household air pollution, Household deaths, Household water treatment, Hypertension, ICD-10, Immunization, Income, Infant mortality, Injuries, Insecticide-treated bednets, Intentional injuries, Intestinal infectious diseases, Intimate partner violence, Iron, Jaundice, Literacy, Lower respiratory infections, Malaria, Male infertility, Malnutrition, Marital status, Maternal age, Maternal conditions, Maternal mortality, Measles, Measles vaccines, Meningitis, Menstruation, Mortality, Multiple births, Neonatal conditions, Neonatal jaundice, Occupation codes, Occupations, Oral rehydration therapy, Pain, Paralysis, Physical activity, Place of death, Place of delivery, Poisonings, Polio vaccines, Pregnancy, Pregnancy complications, Preterm birth, Religion, Reproductive and sexual risk factors, Road traffic injuries, STDs, Sanitation, School enrollment, Seizures, Sepsis, Sexual abstinence, Sexual behavior, Sexual sterilization, Sexual violence, Sibling survival, Skilled birth attendants, Skin diseases, Stillbirths, Sudden infant death syndrome, Summary birth history, Surgical procedures, Symptoms, Tetanus, Tetanus toxoid vaccines, Tobacco smoking, Transportation, Trichuriasis, Tuberculosis, Upper respiratory infections, Verbal autopsy, Vision loss, Vomiting, Waste disposal, Water supply, Weight, Weight change