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Apr 2020Using Health Management Information Systems Data to Contextualize Survey-based Estimates of Fertility, Mortality, and Wasting
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 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 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
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
Aug 2017Comparisons 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 2016Levels 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 2016Urban 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 2016Geospatial 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 2015Contraception 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 2014Impact 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