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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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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 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


Sep 2018

Thermal 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 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


Jul 2018

Does 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 2017

Levels 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 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

Provider 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


Aug 2016

Using Household Survey Data to Explore the Effects of Improved Housing Conditions on Malaria Infection in Children in Sub-Saharan Africa

In the past decade, malaria control strategies in sub-Saharan Africa have focused on the use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS), and prompt diagnosis and treatment in combatting malaria.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Malaria