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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

Geospatial Covariates: Proxies for Mapping Urban-Related Indicators

The enumeration areas selected by The DHS Program are classified as either rural or urban.

Topics: Geographic Information


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


Mar 2020

Predicting HIV/AIDS at Subnational Levels using DHS Covariates related to HIV

Accelerating the scale-up of HIV prevention and treatment approaches will limit the epidemic to more manageable levels and enable countries to move toward the elimination phase.

Topics: Geographic Information


Sep 2019

Interpolation of DHS Survey Data at Subnational Administrative Level 2

Over the last several years and within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, there has been a need to improve the measurement and understanding of local geographic patterns to support more decentralized decision-making and more efficient program implementation.

Topics: Geographic Information


Jul 2019

Trends, Inequalities, and Contextual Determinants of Child Marriage in Asia

Child marriage—defined as marriage before age 18—is considered to be a violation of human rights and is associated with numerous adverse health, social, and economic outcomes.

Topics: Gender, Geographic Information, Youth


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


Aug 2018

Effective 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 2018

A Primer on The Demographic and Health Surveys Program Spatial Covariate Data and Their Applications

The Demographic and Health Surveys Program geospatial team has prepared a set of geospatial covariates datasets that provide researchers and analysts with powerful demographic, environmental, and geophysical variables to include in their analysis of DHS survey data.

Topics: Geographic Information


Aug 2017

The DHS Program Modeled Map Surfaces: Understanding the Utility of Spatial Interpolation for Generating Indicators at Subnational Administrative Levels

As interest in describing subnational variation in demographic and health indicators grows, The DHS Program has commenced a plan of work to enable the routine creation and dissemination of spatially modeled indicator surfaces for a set of key indicators.

Topics: Geographic Information


Aug 2016

Guidance for Use of The DHS Program Modeled Map Surfaces

Improved understanding of geographic variation and inequity in health status, wealth, and access to resources within countries is central to meeting sustainable development goals.

Topics: Geographic Information