Liberia Demographic and Health Survey 2007

The 2007 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS) was undertaken by the Liberian
Institute of Statistic and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS), the Ministry of Health and Social
Welfare, the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research and the National AIDS Control Program
(NACP). Macro International Inc. and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country
Support Team provided technical support.
The survey was conducted because the Government of Liberia was keen to measure the extent
of health-related changes in the Liberian society, especially to determine the basic profile of the
population by age, sex, and education; fertility and child mortality rates; maternal and child health
indicators; knowledge and attitudes of women and men about sexually transmitted diseases and
HIV/AIDS; patterns of recent behavior regarding the use of condoms and other contraceptive
methods; and the prevalence of HIV infection.
The need to conduct a 2007 LDHS derived from two main factors. The first was the inability
to conduct a census since 1984. The second derived from the need to update data collected in the 1986
and 1999-2000 LDHS surveys and to monitor progress made on a number of key indicators related to
the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), reproductive health, gender, and violence against