Spotlight on New Staff: Shireen Assaf

Written by: The DHS Program

22 Jan, 2015

This part of a series of posts introducing readers to new staff at The DHS Program. Welcome,! Name:  Position title:  Senior Research Associate Languages spoken: English, Arabic and basic Italian When not working, favorite place to visit:  Lebanon and Italy Favorite type of cuisine: Mediterranean food (especially Middle-Eastern and Italian) but I also love Thai and […]

Harnessing Technology to Streamline Data Collection

Written by: The DHS Program

13 Jan, 2015

By Guillermo Rojas The survey process at The DHS Program takes an average of 18-20 months and goes through several steps: survey preparation and questionnaire design, training and fieldwork, data processing, and finally, writing the final report and dissemination. But how do the data get from respondents’ households into the tables you see in the […]

The Nutrition Landscape in India

Written by: The DHS Program

16 Dec, 2014

This post is part of a series commemorating 30 years of The DHS Program. By Fred Arnold Historically, India has suffered through devastating periods of famine, but due to the Green Revolution, improved food storage and distribution, and other factors, famine has been all but eradicated in the country. However, malnutrition continues to threaten the […]

Gender in the Demographic & Health Surveys: Past, Present, & Future

Written by: Sunita Kishor

10 Dec, 2014

This post is part of a series commemorating 30 years of The DHS Program. When I first started at The DHS Program in late 1993 as a Women-in-Development Specialist, the survey questionnaires contained few questions that could shed light on the impact of gender on demographic behavior and health. While the questionnaires were designed to […]

A look back at the 1986 Liberia DHS

Written by: The DHS Program

04 Dec, 2014

This post is part of a series commemorating 30 years of The DHS Program. By Annie Cross The fact that Liberia is currently battling the Ebola crisis makes it harder to appreciate the fact that the recently released report on the 2013 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS) showed improvement in most of the health-related […]

Celebrating 30 years of DHS

Written by: Laurie Liskin

02 Dec, 2014

2014 marks the 30th anniversary for the USAID-funded Demographic and Health Surveys Program and my eleventh anniversary as Senior Advisor for Communication with the project.  Much has changed over the past three decades: we’ve done many more surveys and much more complex surveys, added biomarkers, conducted more formal capacity building, and varied the kind of dissemination […]

DHS Curriculum Training in Kenya

Written by: The DHS Program

25 Nov, 2014

By Peninah K. Masibo The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) curriculum is a course that builds the capacity of faculty and students in African universities to understand and use DHS surveys. The course covers a general introduction to the DHS, basic statistics and demographic health terms, indicators in the DHS, conducting a DHS, collecting data on HIV/AIDS and […]

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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.