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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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Aug 2020

Variations 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 2020

Using 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 2018

Enhancing Nutrition Data Quality in the DHS Program

The DHS Program is a leading source of nutrition data globally.

Topics: Nutrition


Sep 2018

Facility-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.

Topics: Nutrition


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


Jun 2018

Adolescent Nutrition 2000-2017: DHS Data on Adolescents Age 15-19

Adolescence is an important stage in the lifecycle for growth and development.

Topics: Nutrition, Youth


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

Levels and Trends in Maternal and Child Health Disparities by Wealth and Region in Eleven Countries with DHS Surveys

This report describes recent levels and trends in 11 maternal and child health (MCH) indicators in 11 countries, using the two most recent DHS surveys from each country.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Family Planning, Maternal Health, Nutrition, Wealth/Socioeconomics


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


Sep 2015

An Assessment of the Quality of DHS Anthropometric Data, 2005-2014

This methodological report examines the quality of anthropometric data from 52 DHS surveys conducted between 2005 and 2014.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Nutrition