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Ghana Special Demographic and Health Survey 2007-2008


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Ghana Maternal Health Survey 2007
Ghana (GHA)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
04/2007 - 01/2008
Series or system 
Data type
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative
  • Subnationally representative
  • Verbal autopsy

The Ghana Special Demographic and Health Survey 2007-2008, also called the Ghana Maternal Health Survey (GMHS), is part of phase 5 of the Demographic and Health Survey Series (DHS), a comprehensive, nationally representative household survey series. The Ghana Special DHS 2007-2008 provides information on topics relating to maternal health including: direct and indirect causes of maternal mortality, health care use, abortion and miscarriage, and health care access. The 2007-2008 Ghana Special DHS was conducted in two phases. Phase 1 of the survey was primarily used to list and identify households where the death of a female household member age 12-49 had occurred within five years prior to the survey. In phase 2 of the survey, 10,370 women age 15-49 were successfully interviewed from 10,858 households. Verbal autopsy questionnaires were completed for 4,203 of the deceased women identified in phase 1 of the survey.

Abortion, Abortive outcome, Adult mortality, Adverse effects of medical treatments, Age at first sex, Alcohol use, Animal injuries, Antenatal care, Antibiotics, Antihelminthics, Assets, Asthma, Birth control pills, Blood transfusions, Breathing difficulty, Burns, Caesarean section, Cancers, Causes of death, Child mortality, Community health clinics, Complete birth history, Condoms, Contact with venomous animals and plants, Contraceptive implants, Contraceptives, Cooking fuels, Cough, Death certificates, Diabetes, Diaphragms, Diarrhea, Diphtheria, Drownings, Drug consumption, Eclampsia, Edema, Education, Electricity, Emergency contraception, Epilepsy, Ethnicity, Falls, Family composition, Family planning, Female infertility, Fever, General surgery, Gestational age, HIV and AIDS, Headache, Health care access, Health facilities, Health literacy, Health status, Heart disease, Hospitals, Household air pollution, Household deaths, Household water treatment, Housing conditions, Housing materials, Hypertension, Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, Hysterectomy, ICD-10, IUDs, Immunization, Infant mortality, Injectable contraceptives, Intentional injuries, Iron supplements, Languages, Length of stay, Live births, Malaria, Malnutrition, Marital status, Mass media, Maternal care, Maternal conditions, Maternal health, Maternal hemorrhage, Maternal morbidity, Maternal mortality, Maternal sepsis, Measles vaccines, Medicines, Menopause, Menstruation, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mortality, Multiple births, Obstetric fistulas, Obstructed labor, Oral rehydration therapy, Pain, Paralysis, Pharmacies, Place of death, Place of delivery, Poisonings, Postnatal care, Postpartum amenorrhea, Pregnancy, Pregnancy complications, Private health facilities, Public health facilities, Rabies, Refrigeration, Religion, Road traffic injuries, STDs, Sanitation, Seizures, Sexual behavior, Sexual sterilization, Sibling survival, Skilled birth attendants, Skin diseases, Spermicides, Stillbirths, Stroke, Suicide, Summary birth history, Symptoms, Telephones, Tetanus, Tetanus toxoid vaccines, Tobacco smoking, Traditional birth control, Traditional medicine, Transportation, Tuberculosis, Verbal autopsy, Vision loss, Vomiting, Water supply, Weight change