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 […]


The DHS Program API: A Cornerstone of Inclusion

Written by: Blue Raster

29 Mar, 2023

What is an Application Programming Interface (API)?   An Application Programming Interface (API) is a way for computers to communicate with each other by providing a common set of language for connecting systems. The DHS Program Indicator Data API simplifies access to the robust database of 35+ years of DHS Program data from 90+ countries. How […]


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 […]


50 Years, 50 Data Users: DHS Data Drive a Healthier Future for All

Written by: The DHS Program

21 Dec, 2022

Throughout 2022, The DHS Program has celebrated USAID’s 50-year commitment to high-quality data collection, evidence-based decision making, and local country ownership of health and demographic information, first through the World Fertility Survey (WFS), 1972-1984, and since 1984 through The DHS Program.  WFS and DHS data are being used around the world by analysts, program managers, […]


DHS Program Analysis Updates: Fall 2022

Written by: The DHS Program

23 Nov, 2022

The DHS Program Research and Analysis team has recently published and presented innovative research that analyzes new DHS data or employs novel approaches with existing DHS data to answer the following research questions. How does living with a disability vary within and across countries and are there associations between living with a disability and reproductive […]


50 Years, 50 Data Users: Impacting Policy, Improving Nutrition, Preparing Future Generations

Written by: The DHS Program

26 Oct, 2022

Since the beginning of 2022, The DHS Program has been celebrating USAID’s 50-year commitment to high-quality data collection, evidence-based decision making, and local country ownership of health and demographic information, first through the World Fertility Survey (WFS), 1972-1984, and since 1984 through The DHS Program. WFS and DHS data are being used around the world […]


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.