Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) 2017-18: Key Indicators Report

The 2017-18 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (2017-18 BDHS) is the eighth national survey to report on the demographic and health status of Bangladeshi women and their families. The main objective of the 2017-18 BDHS is to provide up-to-date information on fertility and childhood mortality levels; fertility preferences; awareness, approval, and use of family planning methods; maternal and child health, including breastfeeding practices, nutrition levels, and newborn care; and community level data on availability and accessibility of health and family planning services. This information is intended to assist policymakers and program managers in monitoring and evaluation of the Fourth Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Program (HPNSP) 2017–2022 of the MOHFW and to provide estimates for 14 major indicators of the Results Framework of the HPNSP 2017-2022.

This report presents key findings from data collected in the 2017-18 BDHS using the Household Questionnaire and the Woman’s Questionnaire. A more comprehensive and detailed report is scheduled for release in early 2019. Although the data in the final report are not expected to differ substantially from the findings presented here, the results should be regarded as provisional and subject to modification. To identify trends, the findings from the 2017-18 BDHS survey have been compared with those from past BDHS surveys.

The 2017-18 BDHS was conducted under the authority of the National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). Mitra and Associates, a Bangladeshi research firm located in Dhaka, implemented the survey. icddr,b provided technical assistance on verbal autopsy to determine causes of under-5 deaths. ICF of Rockville, Maryland, USA, provided technical assistance as part of its international Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. The survey received financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Download:  BDHS 2017-2018

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