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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.
DHS Research Reports
Aug 2021Measurement Approaches for Effective Coverage Estimation
Effective coverage is increasingly being used to evaluate maternal and child health programs.
Topics: Child Health and Development, Health facilities/SPA surveys, Maternal Health
Aug 2021Review of health facility referrals for severe malaria in DHS Program Surveys
This paper examines the severe malaria referral process for 188,686 children tested for malaria and anemia in 37 surveys across 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa collected between 2011 and 2018.
Aug 2021Correlates of Secondary Infertility
The experience of infertility has social, economic, and psychological effects on women and their partners.
Topics: Fertility and Fertility Preferences
Aug 2021Levels and Trends of Infertility and Childlessness
Infertility is a significant reproductive health issue for couples worldwide.
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
Jul 2021Young Women's Empowerment and Fertility Intentions
Fertility intentions among young women are important drivers of future fertility trends.
Topics: Family Planning, Youth
Sep 2020Typologies and Trajectories: A Descriptive Study of Men's Reproductive Life Course
There is little research on the implications of family formation patterns for individual outcomes and life course trajectories of men.
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
Sep 2020Data Quality in Demographic and Health Surveys That Used Long and Short Questionnaires
Since the first phase of The DHS Program in 1984, DHS surveys have increased in scope and complexity as questionnaires are lengthened and survey modules are added.
Sep 2020Geospatial 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