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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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Sep 2020

Household 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 2018

Absolute 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 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


Aug 2016

Levels and Determinants of Out-of-Pocket Health Expenditures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Namibia, and Rwanda

This study uses data from the Demographic and Health Surveys to explore the levels and determinants of out-of-pocket health expenditures in four African countries—Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia, Namibia, and Rwanda.

Topics: Wealth/Socioeconomics


Sep 2015

The Prevalence of Household Risk Factors for Children Age 0-17, Estimated for 2000-2015 Using DHS and MICS Surveys

Children whose parents and households have certain characteristics are known to be more vulnerable to negative child outcomes.

Topics: Child Health and Development, HIV/AIDS, Household and Respondent Characteristics, Wealth/Socioeconomics


Sep 2014

Intertemporal Comparisons of Poverty and Wealth with DHS Data: A Harmonized Asset Index Approach

Over the past 30 years, the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has conducted more than 300 household surveys in over 90 countries.

Topics: Household and Respondent Characteristics, Wealth/Socioeconomics


Feb 2014

Making the Demographic and Health Surveys Wealth Index Comparable

The development of the DHS Wealth Index more than a decade ago provided the opportunity to analyze economic status inequalities beyond those of educational attainment, occupation, residence, and ethnic group.

Topics: Wealth/Socioeconomics


Jan 2014

Association between Economic Growth, Coverage of Maternal and Child Health Interventions, and Under-Five Mortality: A Repeated Cross-Sectional Analysis of 36 Sub-Saharan African Countries

In this report, using data from 99 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) conducted in 36 sub-Saharan African countries, we investigate factors that have contributed to the declines in under-five mortality rates (U5MR) in sub-Saharan Africa.

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


Sep 2009

Changes in HIV-Related Knowledge and Behaviors in Sub-Saharan Africa

The report summarizes levels and recent changes in 69 indicators of HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of women and men age 15–49 in 23 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Topics: Education, HIV/AIDS, Wealth/Socioeconomics