DHS surveys collect primary data using three types of core questionnaires.
The Household Questionnaire collects information on the following topics: Listing of household members, household characteristics, nutritional status, and where appropriate, anemia, malaria, and HIV.
The Women's Questionnaire contains information on the following topics: Background characteristics; Reproductive behavior and intentions; Sexual behavior; Contraception; Antenatal, delivery, and postpartum care; Breastfeeding and nutrition; Children's health; Status of women; AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections; Husband's background; and other topics.
The Men’s Questionnaire is similar to but shorter than the Women’s Questionnaire. It collects information on the following topics: Background characteristics; Reproductive and Sexual behavior; Knowledge and use of contraception; Employment and gender roles; AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections; and other health issues.