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Nairobi, KENYA – The Government of Kenya has released the seventh Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) Key Indicators Report, which reveals improvements in nutrition indicators. This is the first survey done since 2014, as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the established practice of conducting the survey every five years.

There has been substantial progress in reducing the prevalence of stunting in children under five, which fell from 26% in 2014 to 18% in 2022. Trends in maternal care also indicate improvements, particularly with respect to delivery by a skilled provider, which rose from 66% in 2014 to 89% in 2022.

The survey sampled 42,300 households spread across 1,692 clusters throughout the country. All women aged 15-49 and men aged 15-54 in all selected households were interviewed. Anthropometric data to establish their nutritional status was collected for all children under five, women aged 15-49 and men aged 15-54. The KDHS was designed to provide estimates at the national level, for rural and urban areas, and, for some indicators, at the county level.

The findings of the 2022 KDHS will inform the ongoing partnership between Nutrition International and the Government of Kenya. Since 2006, Nutrition international has worked closely with governments at all levels to support research and policy development and the implementation of high-impact nutrition interventions, all of which may be enhanced with the latest information from the KDHS.

The KDHS was made possible through technical and financial support from partners including Nutrition International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Food Programme, UN Women, the World Health Organization, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.

The Key Indicators Report provides an overview of the most significant findings in the survey. The full KDHS 2022 will be released within the next three months.