Introducing: Sampling & Weighting at DHS

Written by: Mahmoud Elkasabi

24 Oct, 2014

In my travels as a DHS sampling statistician, I have met countless people who want to hear about the sampling techniques and procedures we use in DHS surveys. Recognizing this fact, we are working to incorporate more sampling-related capacity strengthening activities at The DHS Program. The feedback we get after these activities has only encouraged […]


Reflections on the DHS Curriculum workshop in Malawi

Written by: The DHS Program

14 Oct, 2014

By James Kaphuka In July, I facilitated my fourth DHS Curriculum workshop. It was also the second time I had trained graduate students from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. The DHS Curriculum Facilitator’s Guide is a comprehensive package of ready-made training materials about understanding and using Demographic and Health Survey reports.  The curriculum is […]


Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: DRC

Written by: The DHS Program

09 Oct, 2014

In May 2014, The DHS Program welcomed visitors from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This post is one in a series of interviews with visitors to DHS headquarters. Don’t read French? You can use the translate feature at the top of the page! Nom : HABIMANA Joseph , KASHONGWE Newali Jean Paul, MAKAYA M Mbenza Simon, MUKUNDA Munandi Jeba, SEBINWA Jean François […]


2030 now: reflections on the 2014 Social Good Summit

Written by: The DHS Program

26 Sep, 2014

2 Days. 45 Sessions. 97 speakers. An audience that wants to think critically about the issues the world faces today and what it will look like in 2030. That was the setup for this year’s Social Good Summit, hosted by Mashable and the UN foundation in New York City during UN week. On September 21-22, […]


Ngonelewa! We are together!

Written by: The DHS Program

16 Sep, 2014

By Mercedes Sayagues When was the last time you heard about the Comoros islands in the news? Maybe the Yemenia Air airplane that crashed into the ocean near Moroni, the capital, in 2006?  Or the hijacked Ethiopian Airways plane that crash-landed near its airport in 1996? Or the series of mercenary-led coups in the 1990s? […]


Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: Niger

Written by: The DHS Program

09 Sep, 2014

In September 2013, The DHS Program welcomed visitors from Niger. This is the fifth in a series of interviews with visitors to DHS headquarters. Don’t read French? You can use the translate feature at the top of the page! Nom: MODIELI AMADOU Djibrilla, NOMAOU Abdou, OUMAROU Sani, JOHOA Méaki, Radjikou HASSANE Pays d’origine: NIGER Organisations: Institut National de la Statistique  (INS) et Coordination Intersectorielle […]


DHS eLearning Course Updated

Written by: Erica Nybro

19 Aug, 2014

How much can change in 4 years? I asked myself as I prepared to update the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS): Data Use eLearning course.  I thought I’d spend a day or two updating the links to reflect our new project name and websites, add a quick page on our new web tools and push out […]


The New DHS Program API: What Non-Developers Should Know

Written by: Erica Nybro

12 Aug, 2014

Don’t let the technical acronym scare you! While application developers and computer programmers are usually the direct users of APIs, the DHS API is a great tool for program managers and researchers. What is an API? An Application Programming Interface, or API, provides software developers with direct access to a database.  Developers can use the […]


Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: Mali

Written by: The DHS Program

06 Aug, 2014

In May 2014, The DHS Program welcomed visitors from Mali. This is the fourth in a series of interviews with visitors to DHS headquarters. Don’t read French? You can use the translate feature at the top of the page! Nom : , Institut National de la Statistique , Chef unité statistique, Ministère santé hygiène publique , Directeur adjoint cellule de la planification et de […]


Final #DHSWorldCup Bracket & Results

Written by: The DHS Program

14 Jul, 2014

Thanks to all who participated in the #DHSWorldCup! Here’s a final updated bracket – did you guess right? Germany won the FIFA World Cup…and Brazil scored the most points of any DHS team. Did you have any favorite moments? 


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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.