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Research and Further Analysis

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The DHS Program's in-house Research and Analysis team conducts rigorous, timely, and innovative mixed-methods research on topics related to global public health, demography, and social epidemiology. Our team also trains, mentors, and closely collaborates with fellow researchers and stakeholders who are driven to utilize DHS Program surveys and other survey data to inform programs and policies in various countries and contexts.

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DHS Research Reports

May 2024

Inequalities in Effective Coverage by Urban Poverty Status

Previous research has established intra-urban disparities in intervention coverage and quality of care between the urban poor and non-poor.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Health facilities/SPA surveys, Maternal Health


Mar 2024

Collecting Diverse Data on Gender and Sexuality in Demographic and Health Surveys: An Overview

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has long been a champion of gender equality and in recent years have updated their policies to recognize that sex disaggregation in a binary does not fully reflect the populations being served.

Topics: Gender


Feb 2024

Agency, Consent and Coercion: Young People's Experiences of First Sex in Ashanti and Northern Regions, Ghana

The establishment of romantic and sexual relationships is a key component of the transition from adolescence to adulthood across the world.

Topics: Youth


Sep 2023

Consistency of Pregnancy Outcome and Contraceptive Reporting Using the Pregnancy History Versus Birth History

This study examines the consistency of reporting for two important pieces of information from the DHS reproductive calendar: first, births and terminations and second, contraceptive use.

Topics: Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis


Sep 2023

The Effect of Fertility Behavior on Child Survival: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Surveys, 2012–2022

Reducing child mortality is a major public health concern.

Topics: Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Infant and Child Mortality


Sep 2023

Community Improved Sanitation Coverage and Childhood Stunting

Lack of access to improved sanitation facilities remains a global problem, with an estimated 1.

Topics: Adult Health Issues, Nutrition


Aug 2023

Internal Adult Women Migrants' Use and Access to Health Services in 15 DHS Countries

This report uses Demographic and Health Survey data from 15 countries to examine internal migration of adult women age 18–49 between rural and urban areas and its relationship with access to and use of health services.

Topics: Household and Respondent Characteristics


Aug 2023

Pregnancy History Model Analysis Plan: Determinants of Stillbirth

This document is a model analysis plan for the further analysis of data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program.

Topics: Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis


Aug 2023

Trends in Men’s Gender Attitudes: Progress, Backsliding, or Stagnation?

A growing literature has shown that social norms influence a wide range of social, health, and demographic outcomes and behaviors.

Topics: Gender, Mental Health


Sep 2022

Modeling COVID-19 Related Indicators at the Second Subnational Administrative Level

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major burden to global public health in recent years, and has caused substantial morbidity and mortality.

Topics: COVID-19