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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

Sep 2022

Equity in Effective Coverage of Antenatal and Sick Child Care

Countries are increasingly using measures of effective coverage to evaluate the performance of their health care system.

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


Sep 2022

The Relationship between Digital Access and Use and Health Outcomes: Evidence from Demographic and Health Surveys

Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become an integral part of people’s lives in most parts of the world, influencing politics, social interactions, economic systems and health for billions of people.

Topics: Adult Health Issues


Aug 2022

Urban Poverty and Child Health Indicators in Six African Countries with DHS Data

There has been a rapid growth in urban areas, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Nutrition, Wealth/Socioeconomics


Aug 2022

Collective Gender and Fertility Norms and Modern Contraceptive Use

Evidence shows that collective fertility and gender norms affect the use of contraceptives, especially women’s use of modern contraception.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Gender


Aug 2022

Modeling Interviewer Effects in DHS Surveys

A previous DHS methodological report (MR24) examined the effects of interviewer characteristics on data quality in DHS surveys.

Topics: Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis


Jun 2022

Patterns of Reproductive Health among Women with Disabilities

Women with disabilities may experience disproportionately high unmet need for sexual and reproductive health services and face excessive barriers to accessing these services.

Topics: Disability


May 2022

Profile and Correlates of Persons Living with Disability

It is estimated that approximately 15% of the global population live with a disability and this can vary greatly by country and by population subgroups.

Topics: Disability, Domestic Violence, Wealth/Socioeconomics


Sep 2021

Guidance and Recommendations for the Use of Indicator Estimates at Subnational Administrative Level 2

The Demographic Health Surveys (DHS) are designed to provide reliable estimates of survey indicators primarily at the national level, as well as the first subnational administrative level.

Topics: Geographic Information


Sep 2021

Spatial Modeling for Subnational Administrative Level 2 Small-Area Estimation

Subnational estimates of the health and demographic indicators recorded in the Demographic and Health Surveys Program are of great importance for prioritizing resources and assessing if target levels for indicators are being attained.

Topics: Geographic Information


Sep 2021

Supplementary Appendices: Supplementary Information for Spatial Modeling for Subnational Administrative Level 2 Small-Area Estimation

Spatial Analysis combines the detailed geographic data collected in the DHS surveys with other DHS or 3rd party data to provide geographic analysis of key demographic and health topics..

Topics: Geographic Information