Research and Further Analysis
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.
Sep 2018Gaps in Service Utilization and Service Provision: An Analysis of DHS and SPA Malaria Data from Malawi, Senegal, and Tanzania
Analytical studies emphasize policy and program-relevant themes and research questions.
Sep 2018Thermal 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
Sep 2018Consistency of Reporting of Terminated Pregnancies in DHS Calendars
This study examines the consistency of reporting of terminated pregnancies in DHS reproductive calendars.
Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences
Sep 2018Methods to Estimate Under-15 Fertility Using Demographic and Health Surveys Data
Early childbearing carries serious risks to the health of both the child and the mother.
Topics: Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Youth
Sep 2018The Effect of Interviewer Characteristics on Data Quality in DHS Surveys
As part of a continuous effort to maintain and improve the quality of data in DHS surveys, this report examines whether variation in 25 indicators of data quality, in 15 recent DHS surveys, can be attributed to interviewers and their characteristics.
Topics: Household and Respondent Characteristics, Infant and Child Mortality
Sep 2018Potential 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
Sep 2018Facility-based Nutrition Readiness and Delivery of Maternal and Child Nutrition Services using Service Provision Assessment Surveys
Persistent malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries requires an exploration of nutrition-related services provided by health facilities in order to identify potential areas for future interventions.
Aug 2018Absolute Poverty, Fertility Preferences, and Family Planning Use in FP2020 Focus Countries
Broad gains in contraceptive access and use have been made in low-income countries over the past decade while poverty has declined, but the trends have been uneven.
Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Wealth/Socioeconomics
Aug 2018Effective 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
Aug 2018The Association of Deforestation and Other Environmental Factors with Child Health and Mortality
This report uses data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) conducted in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean to study the associations between environmental variables and child health outcomes, including child mortality.
Topics: Anemia, Child Health and Development, Geographic Information, Infant and Child Mortality, Malaria, Nutrition