DHS Program Analysis Updates: Fall 2022

Written by: The DHS Program

23 Nov, 2022

The DHS Program Research and Analysis team has recently published and presented innovative research that analyzes new DHS data or employs novel approaches with existing DHS data to answer the following research questions. How does living with a disability vary within and across countries and are there associations between living with a disability and reproductive […]


50 Years, 50 Data Users: Impacting Policy, Improving Nutrition, Preparing Future Generations

Written by: The DHS Program

26 Oct, 2022

Since the beginning of 2022, The DHS Program has been celebrating USAID’s 50-year commitment to high-quality data collection, evidence-based decision making, and local country ownership of health and demographic information, first through the World Fertility Survey (WFS), 1972-1984, and since 1984 through The DHS Program. WFS and DHS data are being used around the world […]


Gender Dashboard: Explore DHS Gender-related Data Across a Wide Range of Indicators

Written by: The DHS Program

12 Oct, 2022

Since 1984, The DHS Program has been a important resource for examining gender in survey countries. Together with our implementing partners, the project has expanded the breadth of publicly available high-quality gender data, starting with the addition of women’s employment questions in 1988. Questions on maternal mortality and female genital cutting were introduced in 1989, […]


Deux Nouveaux Cours en Ligne Disponibles en Français 

Written by: The DHS Program

07 Sep, 2022

Les cours ouverts sont disponibles gratuitement à toute personne avec une simple inscription. Deux cours ouverts sont maintenant disponibles en français : Lire et comprendre les tableaux du DHS et Concepts statistiques essentiels pour comprendre les données du DHS Program.  Savez-vous quoi faire avec une table complexe de données démographiques et de santé ? Certains tableaux […]


50 Years, 50 Data Users: Improving Maternal and Child Health using WFS and DHS Data 

Written by: The DHS Program

24 Aug, 2022

Since the beginning of 2022, The DHS Program has been celebrating USAID’s 50-year commitment to high-quality data collection, evidence-based decision making, and local country ownership of health and demographic information, first through the World Fertility Survey (WFS), 1972-1984, and since 1984 through The DHS Program.  Throughout the year, we are proud to feature a selection […]


New Optional Modules for DHS-8 Available 

Written by: The DHS Program

11 Aug, 2022

The DHS Program is pleased to announce the publication of three new optional modules for DHS surveys.   Child Well-being and Household Structure  Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination  Mental Health  In addition to the standard Household, Woman’s, and Man’s Questionnaires, which include questions that should be asked across DHS surveys, The DHS Program also maintains a […]


WFS@50 Data Visualization Showcase

Written by: The DHS Program

30 Jun, 2022

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the World Fertility Survey (WFS). The World Fertility Survey program was established in 1972 with funding from USAID and the United Nations Population Fund. The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program was created in 1984 as a follow-on project to the WFS. To date, more than 400 surveys have been […]


50 Years, 50 Data Users: Fighting Diseases, Reporting on Progress, Improving Health with DHS Data

Written by: The DHS Program

25 May, 2022

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the World Fertility Survey (WFS). Since the beginning of the year, we have been celebrating USAID’s commitment to high-quality data collection, evidence-based decision making, and host-country ownership by featuring a selection of 50 program managers, policy makers, journalists, researchers, and others from across the globe who use WFS and […]


Introducing the Revised Service Provision Assessment (SPA) 

Written by: The DHS Program

13 May, 2022

The DHS Program recently revised the Service Provision Assessment (SPA) survey questionnaires. The SPA is a health facility-based survey that collects information on Quality of Care (QoC), including physical and human resources, as well as the provision of evidence-based care and client-centered and respectful experience of care. All surveys supported by The DHS Program, the […]


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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.