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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

Mar 2020

Predicting HIV/AIDS at Subnational Levels using DHS Covariates related to HIV

Accelerating the scale-up of HIV prevention and treatment approaches will limit the epidemic to more manageable levels and enable countries to move toward the elimination phase.

Topics: Geographic Information


Sep 2019

Interpolation of DHS Survey Data at Subnational Administrative Level 2

Over the last several years and within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, there has been a need to improve the measurement and understanding of local geographic patterns to support more decentralized decision-making and more efficient program implementation.

Topics: Geographic Information


Sep 2019

Strategies to Assess the Quality of DHS Data

The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program strives to maintain the highest standards of data collection, processing, and analysis.

Topics: Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis


Sep 2019

Women's Contraceptive Profiles throughout the Life Course in Burundi and Nepal

This study uses sequence and cluster analysis to identify profiles that characterize women’s dynamic contraceptive use and pregnancy experiences by using 5-year, retrospective, longitudinal data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) contraceptive calendars.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis


Aug 2019

Quality of Diagnostic Services for Non-Severe Suspected Malaria Cases: An Analysis of National Health Facility Surveys from Malawi and Tanzania

Global malaria diagnostic and treatment guidelines recommend that every suspected malaria case be tested, every confirmed case be treated, and the disease tracked by surveillance systems.

Topics: Health facilities/SPA surveys, Malaria


Aug 2019

Regional Disparities in Fertility Preferences and Demand for Family Planning Satisfied by Modern Methods across Levels of Poverty

Research has highlighted disparities in family planning outcomes by wealth and by region separately.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences


Jul 2019

Trends, Inequalities, and Contextual Determinants of Child Marriage in Asia

Child marriage—defined as marriage before age 18—is considered to be a violation of human rights and is associated with numerous adverse health, social, and economic outcomes.

Topics: Gender, Geographic Information, Youth


Nov 2018

Enhancing Nutrition Data Quality in the DHS Program

The DHS Program is a leading source of nutrition data globally.

Topics: Nutrition


Nov 2018

Place of Delivery: Perceptions, Tensions, and Experiences

The 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (2014 KDHS) was the first national survey in Kenya to produce county-level indicator estimates.

Topics: Maternal Health


Sep 2018

Thermal Care and Umbilical Cord Care Practices and Their Association with Newborn Mortality

Although child mortality has decreased considerably in the last several decades, newborn mortality has declined less substantially and its share of all under-5 mortality consequently has grown.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Infant and Child Mortality