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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 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


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

The Relationship between the Health Service Environment and Service Utilization: Linking Population Data to Health Facilities Data in Haiti and Malawi

Access to and quality of health services are key determinants in utilization of health services and consequently, health outcomes.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Family Planning, Geographic Information, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Maternal Health


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


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 2015

Geographic Variation in Key Indicators of Maternal and Child Health Across 27 Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

While progress has been made in many areas of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015, it appears that the maternal, newborn and child health goals (MDG 4 and 5) will not be universally achieved.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Geographic Information, Maternal Health


Sep 2014

Linking DHS Household and SPA Facility Surveys: Data Considerations and Geospatial Methods

This report examines the potential benefits of linking Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data and Service Provision Assessment (SPA) survey data to answer research questions.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Geographic Information, HIV/AIDS, Maternal Health


Sep 2014

Potential Bias and Selectivity in Analyses of Children Born in the Past Five Years Using DHS Data

This paper investigates potential biases in analysis of data for only last-born children or non-last-born children instead of all children, and in the analysis of succeeding birth or pregnancy intervals, in both the five-year period preceding The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program surveys and for longer periods of time.

Topics: Child Health and Development, Infant and Child Mortality, Nutrition