Research and Further Analysis

DHS training

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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Analysis Reports

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Sep 2020

Household Wealth Relative to Community Wealth: Associations with Specific Asset Ownership and Maternal and Child Health Indicators

This report describes inequalities in asset ownership and maternal and child health indicator coverage in 11 countries, using the most recent Demographic and Health surveys from each country.

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


Apr 2020

Using Health Management Information Systems Data to Contextualize Survey-based Estimates of Fertility, Mortality, and Wasting

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Topics: Child Health and Development, Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Health facilities/SPA surveys, Infant and Child Mortality, Maternal Health, Maternal Mortality, Nutrition, Survey Methodology, Data Quality, Analysis


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

Potential Implications of the Ghana and Nepal Follow-Up Studies for DHS Questionnaires and Fieldwork Procedures

Recent follow-up mixed-methods studies undertaken by The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program in Ghana and Nepal sought to better understand the reasons behind unmet need and barriers to contraceptive use.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Gender, Maternal Health


Aug 2018

Effective Coverage of Facility Delivery in Bangladesh, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal, Senegal, and Tanzania

This report uses data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Service Provision Assessments (SPA) to estimate effective coverage of health facility delivery in Bangladesh, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal, Senegal, and Tanzania—the six countries with both an SPA and a DHS survey occurring within two years of each other.

Topics: Geographic Information, Maternal Health


Jul 2018

Does Men's Involvement Improve the Health Outcomes of Their Partners and Children?

Men’s involvement in the health of their partners and children can play an important role in improving health outcomes.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Family Planning, Gender, Maternal Health


Nov 2017

Levels and Trends of Maternal and Child Health Indicators in 11 Middle East and North African Countries

This report examines 13 maternal and child health indicators in 11 Middle East and North African countries using the most recent nationally representative household surveys carried out since 2005.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Maternal Health


Aug 2017

Hemoglobin Data in DHS Surveys: Intrinsic Variation and Measurement Error

The accurate estimation of anemia is important for tracking and targeting public health interventions.

Topics: Anemia, Child Health and Development, Maternal Health, Nutrition


Aug 2016

Provider Counseling and Knowledge Transfer in Health Facilities of Haiti, Malawi, and Senegal

Effective counseling by health care providers can increase client’s knowledge and improve health outcomes.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Family Planning, Maternal Health


Aug 2016

Integration of Infectious Disease Services with Antenatal Care Services at Health Facilities in Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania

The disproportionate demand for services related to infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria among pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa, given limited health facility attendance, drives a need to integrate these services with antenatal care (ANC).

Topics: HIV/AIDS, Maternal Health