The DHS Program at the 2018 PAA Annual Meeting

Written by: The DHS Program

25 Apr, 2018

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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  • The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 400 surveys in over 90 countries. The DHS Program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Contributions from other donors, as well as funds from participating countries, also support surveys. The project is implemented by ICF.

3 thoughts on “The DHS Program at the 2018 PAA Annual Meeting

  1. How do I successfully merge the household data file (pr) with the data file for all eligible women with completed interviews (ir)?

    I have tried doing the merger using the variables for cluster (V001), household number (V002) and respondents line number (V003). In the household file, I renamed the variables HV001 to V001, HV002 to V002 and HV003 to V003.
    Thus merger by V001 V002 V003.

    Whenever I merge, I get a lot of missing data for some of the variables of interest to me when in reality an inspection of the separate files show that most the respondents have data for the variables. I have tried the merger also with only the variables V001 and V002 and the results are often the same. I work with SAS.

    Looking forward to your kind assistance.
    Thanks and best regards


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