Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: Nigeria

Written by: The DHS Program

15 Jun, 2014

In March 2014,  welcomed visitors from Nigeria. This is the third in a series of interviews with visitors to DHS headquarters. Name(s):  (Project Coordinator, ) and   (Project Director, 2013 NDHS,  Deputy Director, National Population Commission, Nigeria). Country of origin:   Nigeria When not working, favorite place to visit: : The farm : The market […]


Presenting…The #DHS World Cup! June 12 – July 13

Written by: The DHS Program

09 Jun, 2014

The FIFA World Cup is coming up in just a few days, and  has conducted surveys in 9 of the 32 countries participating in the tournament. Follow along right here on the blog or on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest using the hashtag #DHSWorldCup to watch their progress as they compete! You can also keep track of wins, losses, […]


Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: Jordan

Written by: The DHS Program

09 May, 2014

In October 2013,  welcomed visitors from the Jordan Department of Statistics. This is the second in a series of interviews with visitors to  headquarters. Find the first post here. Names: Ikhlas Aranki (Assistant Director General, Department of Statistics) and Ahmad Abu Haidar (Social Statistics and Poverty Studies Advisor, Department of Statistics). When not working, favorite […]


World Malaria Day: What’s the Buzz?

Written by: The DHS Program

24 Apr, 2014

It’s a health risk for more than half the world’s population. A child dies every minute because of it. There are 207 million annual cases worldwide. And 90% of the deaths from this disease (which kills 627,000 globally) occur in Sub-Saharan Africa (source: World Health Organization). We’re buzzing about malaria. This preventable and curable mosquito-borne […]


Spotlight on New Staff: Mahmoud Elkasabi

Written by: Mahmoud Elkasabi

15 Apr, 2014

This is the first in a series of posts introducing readers to new staff at . Welcome,! Name:  Position title:  International Survey Sampling Statistician Languages spoken: English and Arabic When not working, favorite place to visit:  Chicago Favorite type of cuisine: Mediterranean or Indian Last good book you read: Azazeel, by  Where would we find […]


Spotlight on Implementing Agencies: Indonesia

Written by: The DHS Program

01 Apr, 2014

Atmarita, Krismawati, and Rina Herartri (L to R) In June 2013,  welcomed visitors from Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, Population and Family Planning Board and Bureau of Population Statistics. This is the first in a series of interviews with visitors to headquarters. Names: (Head of Division for Public Health Services, Center for Public Health Intervention Technology, […]


Top 5 Ways to Access DHS Data

Written by: Erica Nybro

24 Mar, 2014

data inform policies, programs, and research all over the world.  How do you access ?  For me, it depends on my purpose.  For a quick reference to an indicator in a meeting, the mobile app is my go-to source.  When I’m writing a report I’m a purist: I need a hard copy of final reports with […]


Women’s Lives and Challenges

Written by: Sally Zweimueller

07 Mar, 2014

The Women’s Lives and Challenges: Empowerment and Equality since 2000 report assesses progress made toward gender equality and women’s empowerment since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted in 2000. It summarizes findings from 95 surveys conducted by  in 47 countries from 2000 to 2011. Data on trends are available for 33 countries that hosted […]


What’s in a Name?

Written by: Sunita Kishor

03 Mar, 2014

The Demographic and Health Surveys Program, 2013-2018 For those of us who have worked with the Demographic and Health Surveys over the last 30 years, we usually just say “the” when we talk about them.  As in, “I work at”, or “I used data”, or “They’re doing a”.  In 1998, the Demographic and Health Surveys […]


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.