New Online Course: Essential Statistical Concepts for Understanding DHS Program Data

Written by: The DHS Program

24 Nov, 2021

What is the difference between a percentage and a percent distribution? What about a mean and a median? How do rates and ratios differ? Essential Statistical Concepts for Understanding DHS Program Data is a new open course for anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with the most commonly used statistics found in tables in DHS Program household-based surveys. Available for free with a simple registration on the DHS Program Learning Hub, this self-paced course will give you […]


New Online Course: Essential Reading and Understanding The DHS Program Tables

Written by: The DHS Program

03 Nov, 2021

The DHS Program’s Final Reports include comprehensive survey results. The most important findings are highlighted in the chapter text and figures, though not every finding is discussed or displayed graphically. Therefore, it is important for DHS data users to feel comfortable reading and interpreting the statistical tables included in every Final Report, which can look […]


The DHS Fellows Program Goes Virtual in 2022

Written by: The DHS Program

13 Oct, 2021

The application for the 2022 DHS Fellows Program is now open The DHS Fellows Program builds the long-term institutional capacity of universities in DHS Program countries to train students and faculty to analyze DHS data. Since 2011, the DHS Fellows Program has trained more than 150 researchers from over 40 universities in 25 countries in Africa, Asia, and […]


New Resources Provide Updated Guidance on Biomarker Collection in DHS-8

Written by: The DHS Program

28 Sep, 2021

The DHS Program is pleased to announce the availability of the Biomarker Manual: Training Program for Measuring and Testing for Biomarkers and the DHS Height Standardization Tool on The DHS Program website. The Biomarker Manual aligns with DHS-8 standard materials and policies representing the most up-to-date procedures. Standard measures in DHS surveys include height/length, weight, and […]


Mapping Unrealized Fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa

Written by: The DHS Program

21 Jul, 2021

Many women in DHS Program countries have fewer children than they desire. Our newest StoryMap explores unrealized fertility in sub-Saharan Africa, based on the recently published analysis Comparing Ideal and Completed Family Size: A Focus on Women in Low- and Middle-income Countries with Unrealized Fertility. Unrealized fertility is most common among women in Western and Central Africa […]


World Population Day 2021

Written by: The DHS Program

08 Jul, 2021

July 11th is World Population Day. The Household Questionnaire collects information on all members of and visitors to households selected to participate in Demographic and Health Surveys. Basic information including age, sex, marital status, education, and relationship to the head of the household is collected for everyone who stayed in the selected households the night […]


The DHS Program’s Digital Resources

Written by: The DHS Program

22 Jun, 2021

The DHS Program has several digital resources available for free to help data users understand, analyze, visualize, and use DHS survey indicators to support evidence-based decision making. Click on each icon below to access the digital resource. Have you used any of The DHS Program’s digital resources? Share your feedback with The DHS Program by […]


IPUMS Announces Winners of the 2020 Global Health Research Awards

Written by: The DHS Program

26 May, 2021

Every year, hundreds of papers are published using DHS Program data. Datasets for individual DHS surveys are available for download from The DHS Program website by completing a simple registration form. Researchers and students can also access the IPUMS DHS data collection to facilitate comparative analysis of DHS Program data. Harmonized across time and space, […]


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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.