Announcing the latest IPUMS DHS Research Awards!

Written by: The DHS Program

13 Jun, 2024

IPUMS DHS recently selected the 2023 winners of its Best Published Paper and Best Student Paper awards. Using source data from the public use files of The DHS Program, IPUMS DHS has created variables with consistent names and codes across samples, displays variable availability and information about each variable on its website, and allows registered […]


New Menstruation Data for International Menstrual Hygiene Day 

Written by: The DHS Program

28 May, 2024

Today, May 28, 2024, is the 10th anniversary of International Menstrual Hygiene Day. Living free of taboos and stigma about menstruation, and having access to quality menstrual products, accurate information and education, and privacy and cleanliness — these are not necessarily givens in many parts of the world.  As of 2019, the  DHS-8 woman’s questionnaire […]


New in DHS-8: Updates to Immunization Indicators

Written by: The DHS Program

29 Apr, 2024

In 2019, The DHS Program released updated questionnaires for the eighth phase of The DHS Program (DHS-8) to better meet existing and emerging data needs in global health. This “New in DHS-8” series draws attention to new indicators, changes made to existing indicators, and other things DHS Program data users should be aware of when […]


New IPUMS DHS Climate Change and Health Research Hub a Resource for Robust Climate Change Analysis

Written by: The DHS Program

22 Apr, 2024

April 22nd is Earth Day, an opportunity to reflect on how we affect the environment and how climate change affects us. Climate change has a broad spectrum of impacts on human well-being. Rapid onset events, such as floods, landslides, wildfires, and heat waves, can erode agricultural productivity, destroy shelter and infrastructure, and increase infectious diseases. […]


Research Partnership Enhances Health Policies and Programs using DHS Program Data

Written by: Avenir Health

10 Apr, 2024

For the past 15 years, Avenir Health have been partners on The DHS Program, providing technical assistance in policy, planning, resource allocation, and evaluation to support people to use DHS Program data to inform policy decisions and health programs at national and local levels. Pioneers in the field of demographic and projection modeling, Avenir Health […]


International Women’s Day 2024 

Written by: The DHS Program

08 Mar, 2024

Today we take a closer look at data related to gender equality in honor of International Women’s Day 2024. The DHS Program routinely collects data on Sustainable Development Goal #5 related to gender equality in specific areas such as labor market participation, experience of violence, female genital mutilation, and more. This year’s United Nations theme is “Invest […]


Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: Ghana

Written by: The DHS Program

28 Feb, 2024

In December 2023, The DHS Program welcomed visitors from Ghana who came to the office to finalize the report for the 2022 Ghana DHS. This post is one in a series of interviews with visitors to The DHS Program office. Name, title, and organizations: Peter Takyi Peprah, Assistant Chief Statistician, Director of Methods and Standards, […]


Anatomy of an Indicator: Guide to DHS Statistics

Written by: The DHS Program

14 Feb, 2024

DHS Program data are collected so they can be used to guide programs and policies to improve health and well-being. In addition to making DHS Program data publicly available free of charge, The DHS Program also provides tools to help data users better understand, interpret, and use DHS Program data. The recently released Guide to […]


Connecting Globally, Working Locally: The DHS Program’s Communications Approach

When program managers, policy makers, researchers, journalists, university faculty, students, and others use DHS Program data, evidence-based programs and policies can improve health and save lives worldwide. Since 2003, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) has been the official communications partner on The DHS Program. CCP brings social and behavior change communication expertise […]


Anthropometry measurement (height and weight) is a core component of DHS surveys that is used to generate indicators on nutritional status. The Biomarker Questionnaire now includes questions on clothing and hairstyle interference on measurements for both women and children for improved interpretation.