Fertility, Mortality, & Migration Round-up in Honor of World Population Day 2023

Written by: The DHS Program

11 Jul, 2023

July 11th is World Population Day. To celebrate, we are going back to basics with highlights from the main drivers of population change: births, deaths, and migration. How did The DHS Program evolve from the World Fertility Survey and how have we tracked the quality of fertility data over the last 50 years?  What changes […]


New in DHS-8: Updates to WASH Indicators

Written by: The DHS Program

28 Jun, 2023

Safe and sufficient quantities of drinking water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene (WASH) are vital for human health and well-being. WASH indicators have been included in demographic and health surveys since The DHS Program was launched in 1984. WASH indicators have been updated for DHS-8 surveys to align with WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, […]


Cours pour les utilisateurs de bases de données EDS : nouveau cours en ligne maintenant disponible en français

Written by: The DHS Program

09 May, 2023

Don’t read French? You can use the translate feature at the top of the page! (English speakers: You may need to set the language to French first, before you can see the English language option.) Le DHS Program a ajouté un nouveau cours en ligne maintenant disponible en français parmi la liste des cours disponibles gratuitement […]


Linking Climate Change and Women’s Health using DHS Program Data

Written by: The DHS Program

21 Apr, 2023

April 22nd is Earth Day, when we take time to reflect on how our actions affect our planet. But how does our environment affect us? In an interview, Dr. Kathryn Grace details how she uses DHS Program data to explore the impact of geography and climate on women’s and children’s health outcomes such as fertility, […]


Inclusive Survey Design: Collecting Data on Sexual and Gender Minorities

Written by: The DHS Program

12 Apr, 2023

In response to interest from country-level stakeholders around the inclusion of sexual and gender minorities in DHS surveys, The DHS Program has been documenting the experiences of surveys that have included adaptations to account for and measure topics related to gender and sexual minorities. On March 28, 2023, The DHS Program held a webinar to […]


International Women’s Day 2023

Written by: The DHS Program

08 Mar, 2023

The DHS Program collects data for Sustainable Development Goal #5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.   The theme for International Women’s Day 2023 is “Embrace Equality.” According to the UN, gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. There […]


Calculate Sample Size using Survey Sampling Online Tools: Two Samples

Written by: The DHS Program

01 Mar, 2023

Yesterday marked the first day of the 54th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission. Chief statisticians from countries worldwide are gathering to advance better data for better lives. Since 1984, The DHS Program has helped over 90 countries conduct more than 400 surveys that provide nationally representative demographic, health, gender and nutrition data that […]


Calculate Sample Size using Survey Sampling Online Tools: One Sample

Written by: The DHS Program

16 Feb, 2023

If you’ve watched this video on The DHS Program sampling procedures, you’re aware that calculating a sample size is based on many considerations. Samplers must balance data quality concerns, capacity of the implementing agency, and precision required with available funding and time for the survey. Getting the sample size right is important because “if you […]


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.