OBJECTIVES:To conduct a population-wide representative survey to collect multi-dimensional information on the various aspects of individual, household, and population health in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province of Pakistan.
METHODS:A multi-stage stratified cluster sampling is used in 24 districts of KP conducted from 2016-2017. Urban-areas are divided into enumeration blocks based on the low-, middle- and high-income groups and rural-areas are divided into mohallas/villages respectively. These are the primary sampling units (PSU’s). Each enumeration block/village/mohallas comrises of 250-300 households (secondary sampling units). Line listing of the selected enumeration blocks for urban and mohallas/villages for rural-areas are done to select 12 household per urban enumeration block and 16 households per rural PSU. The total sample size of the study is 15,724 households (3756 urban areas & 11968 rural areas). Three sets of questionnaires are used:
• A household questionnaire (consisting of demographic, and socioeconomic characteristics of all household members)
• A questionnaire for ever-married women aged 15-49 years (consisting of infant and maternal mortality, maternal and newborn health, contraception, child vaccination, and nutrition)
• A health questionnaire for adults aged ≥18 years (consisting of anthropometry, communicable and non-communicable diseases, stroke, disability, health-related quality of life, physical activity, dietary recall, tobacco use, environmental health, and medicine used).
Ethical approval has been taken from the ethical committee of the Khyber Medical University, Peshawar. The data will be entered and analysed in STATA version-14.
DISCUSSION:The outcomes of the survey could be used as an evidence to bring reforms in the health and population welfare policies.
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