25 Apr 2018

The DHS Program at the 2018 PAA Annual Meeting

It’s that time of the year again and the Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Meeting 2018 is now in session! PAA is a non-profit, scientific, professional organization that promotes research on population issues. The annual meeting gathers over 2,200 demographers from around the world for a 3-day program covering topics around population, fertility, youth, and more. This year’s meeting is in Denver, Colorado.

The DHS Program participates every year by showcasing our work through oral presentations, posters, and an exhibition booth. We’re excited to be part of this program again and to meet all our current and new DHS data users.

The DHS Program staff will be presenting several oral presentations and posters. You can view or download a flyer of all DHS presentations, booth information, and recent publications.

Download the DHS at PAA 2018 Flyer

Visit booth #211 located in the Plaza Exhibit Hall on the Concourse Level for free publications, tours of our web and mobile tools, and access to DHS experts. If you can’t make it to PAA this year, follow along as we tweet from @DHSProgram and you can still join the conversation at #PAA2018.

Leave us a comment below if you will be attending and we hope to see you all there! Visit our website for more information about upcoming surveys, publications, and other announcements!

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19 Apr 2018

Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: Burundi

In December 2017 The DHS Program welcomed visitors from Burundi. This post is one in a series of interviews with DHS headquarters. Don’t read French? You can use the translate feature at the top of the page.

Name:  Jean Marie Nkeshimana (Chef de Service, Institut de Statistiques et d’Études Économiques  du Burundi (ISTEEBU)), Hermengilde (Hermès) Mbonicuye (ISTEEBU), Nicolas Ndayishimiye (Directeur Général, ISTEEBU), Félicien Ndayizeye (Ministère de la Sante/ Programme National de la Lutte contre le Paludisme), Jeanine Niyukuri (Directrice du Département, ISTEEBU)

Quand vous ne travaillez pas, quel est l’endroit où vous préférez aller ?

Hermès: Faire du sport

Félicien: La plage

Racontez un peu de la première fois que vous avez travaillé sur des données de The DHS Program.

Jeanine: J’ai été aggreablement surpris de retrouver les données pour presque tous les pays. En plus même les donnes très anciennes s’y retrouvent.

Nicolas: J’ai travaillé pour la 1ère fois sur le données de The DHS Program avec la deuxième Enquêté Démographique et de Santé du Burundi de 2010.

Félicien: J’étais membre du comité technique de l’Enquête sur les Indicateurs du Paludisme au Burundi de 2012.

Qu’est-ce qui vous a le plus agréablement surpris lors de votre séjour à The DHS Program ?

Hermès: La générosité l’accueil du personnel spécialisé

Jean Marie: C’est l’organisation officiel du travail ou chaque staff a sa tache précise et du la quelle il est spécial.

Qu’est-ce qui vous manque le plus quand vous êtes ici ?

Félicien: Mes enfants

Nicolas: L’encadrement après le boulot

Quelle est la plus grande différence entre le bureau du The DHS Program et votre bureau dans votre pays ?

Jeanine: L’infrastructure

Nicolas: L’espace du travail

Quelle est votre page de couverture préférée pour les rapports des EDS ?

Nicolas: Les couleurs du drapeau de mon pays

Jean Marie: Celle du rapport pour le Burundi de 2010

Hermès: Vert citron

Quel est votre chapitre ou indicateur préféré, et pourquoi ?

Hermès: Violence basé sur le genre car à travers les résultats des tableaux, j’ai réellement découvert pris conscience que c’est réellement un vrai problème de société.

Nicolas: La mortalité des enfants car le gouvernement a instauré la gratuité de soins de santé pour les enfants, et je voudrais voir son impact.

Quel est le problème de population ou de santé qui vous intéresse le plus, et pourquoi ?

Nicolas: La fécondité car elle influence le dividende démographique en vue d’impulser la croissance économique dans les pays en développement en générales et celle du continent africain en particulier.

Félicien: Le paludisme car c’est une endémie dans notre pays.

Comment espérez-vous que les données de l’EDS sur votre pays soient utilisées ?

Hermès: J’espère que les autorités administratives, les plans d’actions des différents partenaires du Burundi se baserons sur les différents indicateurs pour trouver des solutions réalistes pour les différents problèmes ou défis que la société burundaise.

Jeanine: Utilisées par plus grand public et surtout servir de référence dans la prise de décision par les hautes autorités.


On April 5, 2018, the 2016-17 Burundi Demographic and Health Survey was released. Download the Final Report, Datasets, and more:

 

Photo Caption: Second row (from left to right): Jean Marie Nkeshimana, Hermenegilde Mbonicuye, Nicolas Ndayishimiye, Felicien Ndayizeye, Elam Senkomo, Jose Miguel Guzman; in the front row: Jeanine Niyukuri, Yodit Bekele. © 2018, ICF

11 Apr 2018

Learn how to Sample like a DHS Statistician

Many projects provide statistical training, but what makes The DHS Program’s capacity strengthening program unique is its ability to use state-of-the-art training approaches. Building on past workshops, eLearning tools, and well-received feedback, we are pleased to announce the release of a new DHS Survey Sampling eLearning course designed for broader public consumption.

In order to meet the overwhelming demand for sampling trainings, the first DHS Survey Sampling eLearning course was designed and conducted from June 19 to September 30, 2017, with a total of 32 participants from 16 countries completing the course. Participants were affiliated with various institutions such as National Statistics Offices, National Malaria Control Programs, National Center for HIV/AIDS Programs, universities, and non-governmental organizations.

Registration for the 2018 DHS Survey Sampling eLearning course is now open and applications will be accepted through April 20, 2018. This 8-week course begins May 1 and ends June 29, 2018. Prior knowledge of DHS surveys is beneficial, but not essential. However, all participants should have demonstrable basic statistical knowledge and computer skills in Excel prior to the training. Participants must be able to understand and communicate in English.

The eLearning course equips participants with the knowledge, tools, and abilities to design samples for population surveys, such as DHS surveys. While DHS surveys are the focus of the course, the acquired skills can also be used for other types of surveys. Participants can virtually participate in the course at their own pace within the 8-week timeframe from anywhere in the world.

The eLearning course also includes a discussion forum to promote participant interaction and peer-to-peer learning. Participants will share reflections on the learned course content and get feedback from facilitators. At the completion of the course, participants will still be able to access the course and resources at any time.

Apply for the 2018 DHS Survey Sampling eLearning course today!

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Let us know if you have any questions about the eLearning course in the comments section below. Don’t forget to subscribe to The DHS Program newsletter for updates on our digital tools, surveys, and more!

Photo captions: Screenshots of the eLearning course


Written by: Abibata Handley &  Mahmoud Elkasabi

Ms. Handley has more than 17 years of experience in designing and implementing training and capacity-building activities to support programs providing assistance in less developed settings. She has extensive knowledge of adult learning theories, including participatory methods, and has planned and/or conducted training activities using eLearning and online tools. As the Capacity Building and Trainer Advisor at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Ms. Handley was responsible for supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive capacity-strengthening program for the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Health Services (SIAPS) program. Ms. Handley has experience in working on capacity strengthening and training programs in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Ms. Handley has an M.A. in International Development and Intercultural Training.

Dr. Elkasabi is a Sampling Statistician at The DHS Program. He joined The DHS Program in 2013 after earning his Ph.D. in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, with a specialty in Survey Statistics and Sampling. Dr. Elkasabi is responsible for the sampling design for the DHS surveys as well as building sampling capacity in many countries, such as Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria, India, Malawi, Zambia, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Dr. Elkasabi likes to work closely with the sampling statisticians in different countries. In these win-win relationships, he shares his knowledge in sampling and gains new knowledge & experiences.

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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.