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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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Sep 2014

Potential Bias and Selectivity in Analyses of Children Born in the Past Five Years Using DHS Data

This paper investigates potential biases in analysis of data for only last-born children or non-last-born children instead of all children, and in the analysis of succeeding birth or pregnancy intervals, in both the five-year period preceding The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program surveys and for longer periods of time.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Infant and Child Mortality, Nutrition


Feb 2014

The Effects of Fertility Behavior on Child Survival and Child Nutritional Status: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Surveys, 2006 to 2012

This study analyzes the effect of inter-pregnancy spacing, age at birth and birth order on child mortality and nutritional status, using multivariate methods.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Infant and Child Mortality, Nutrition


Jul 2011

Trends in Nutritional Status of Adult Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

The study investigates long-term trends in nutritional status (height and BMI) of African women, using data from 70 DHS Surveys.

Topics: Nutrition


Dec 2008

An Assessment of the Quality of Data on Health and Nutrition in the DHS Surveys, 1993-2003

The purpose of this methodological report is to provide an overview of the quality of the maternal and child health data collected during DHS III and MEASURE DHS+.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Maternal Health, Nutrition


Sep 2008

HIV and Nutrition among Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

In the absence of antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV-positive people will lose weight and eventually become wasted or severely underweight.

Topics: HIV/AIDS, Nutrition


Dec 2005

Nutritional Status of Children: Results from the Demographic and Health Surveys 1994 - 2001

This report reviews the nutritional status of children under 3 years of age in 41 developing countries.

Topics: Nutrition


Dec 2005

The Context of Women's Health: Results from the Demographic and Health Surveys, 1994-2001

This report describes the context of women’s health in developing countries by reporting on key indicators found in the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) of 46 countries in 5 regions around the world.

Topics: Nutrition


Sep 2003

Water, Koko, and Appetite: Complementary Feeding Practices in Kumasi, Ghana

The study of complementary feeding of infants in two sites in the Kumasi area of Ghana examined the interaction between mother and child among well nourished and malnourished children 3-18 months old.

Topics: Nutrition


Oct 2001

Introducing Complementary Foods to Infants in Central Mali

This study examined how mothers of malnourished and well nourished babies 3-12 months old in four sites north of Mopti breast fed their children and introduced complementary foods into their diet.

Topics: Nutrition


Jun 1999

Breastfeeding and Complementary Infant Feeding/Postpartum Effects

This report is a descriptive analysis of breastfeeding, complementary infant feeding, and the postpartum effects of breastfeeding and is based on data collected in 37 nationally representative Demographic and Health Surveys.

Topics: Nutrition