The 2012 IDHS was specifically designed to meet the following objectives:
• Provide data on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, adult mortality (including maternal mortality), and awareness of AIDS/STIs to program managers, policymakers, and researchers to help them evaluate and improve existing programs;
• Measure trends in fertility and contraceptive prevalence rates, and analyze factors that affect such changes, such as marital status and patterns, residence, education, breastfeeding habits, and knowledge, use, and availability of contraception;
• Evaluate the achievement of goals previously set by national health programs, with special focus on maternal and child health;
• Assess married men’s knowledge of utilization of health services for their family’s health, as well as participation in the health care of their families;
• Participate in creating an international database that allows cross-country comparisons that can be used by the program managers, policymakers, and researchers in the areas of family planning, fertility, and health in general.