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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.
DHS Research Reports
Sep 2020Household 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
Aug 2020Variations in Health Outcomes with Alternative Measures of Urbanicity, Using Demographic and Health Surveys 2013-18
The literature has firmly established the link between urban/rural place of residence and health indicators, and the association of poor health outcomes and health services in rural areas.
Topics: Child Health and Development, Family Planning, Geographic Information, Maternal Health, Nutrition, Wealth/Socioeconomics
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
Nov 2018Place 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 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
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
Jul 2018Does 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 2017Levels 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 2017Hemoglobin 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 2016Provider 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