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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

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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


Sep 2018

The 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 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


Aug 2018

The 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


Aug 2017

Comparisons of DHS Estimates of Fertility and Mortality with Other Estimates

DHS surveys provide many indicators that are used for program planning and monitoring.

Topics: Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Infant and Child Mortality, Maternal Mortality


Aug 2016

Levels and Trends in Newborn Care Service Availability and Readiness in Bangladesh, Haiti, Malawi, Senegal, and Tanzania

This study examines levels and trends in two dimensions of newborn care quality—service availability and service readiness—in Bangladesh, Haiti, Malawi, Senegal, and Tanzania, the five USAID maternal and child health (MCH) priority countries with Service Provision Assessment (SPA) surveys conducted since 2011.

Topics: Infant and Child Mortality


Aug 2016

Urban Child Poverty, Health, and Survival in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

This report examines levels and trends in poverty, health status, and use of health services among children under age 5 living in large cities in low- and middle-income countries, and compares their health status and use of services to those of their other urban, rural, and non-poor counterparts.

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


Aug 2016

Geospatial Modeling of Child Mortality across 27 Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Preventable mortality of children has been targeted as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for the 2015-30 period.

Topics: Geographic Information, Infant and Child Mortality


Sep 2015

Contraception Needed to Avoid High-Fertility-Risk Births, and Maternal and Child Deaths That Would Be Averted

This report estimates the number of maternal and child deaths that could be averted by satisfying the unmet need for contraception based on four high-risk fertility behavior categories, i.

Topics: Family Planning, Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Infant and Child Mortality, Maternal Mortality


Sep 2014

Impact of Scale-up of Maternal and Delivery Care on Reductions in Neonatal Mortality in USAID MCH Priority Countries, 2000-2010

Globally, the impressive gains in under-five mortality between 2000 and 2010 have been accompanied by more modest reductions in neonatal mortality.

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