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Jul 2021Comparing Ideal and Completed Family Size: A Focus on Women in Low-and Middle-income Countries with Unrealized Fertility
The study of fertility preferences in relation to the number of children is important for understanding the factors that contribute to fertility levels.
Topics: Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Wealth/Socioeconomics
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
Aug 2018Absolute 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 2016Levels 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.
Aug 2016Levels 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 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
Sep 2015The 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 2014Intertemporal 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 2014Making 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.