Mapping Unrealized Fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa

Written by: The DHS Program

21 Jul, 2021

Many women in DHS Program countries have fewer children than they desire. Our newest StoryMap explores unrealized fertility in sub-Saharan Africa, based on the recently published analysis Comparing Ideal and Completed Family Size: A Focus on Women in Low- and Middle-income Countries with Unrealized Fertility. Unrealized fertility is most common among women in Western and Central Africa […]


World Population Day 2021

Written by: The DHS Program

08 Jul, 2021

July 11th is World Population Day. The Household Questionnaire collects information on all members of and visitors to households selected to participate in Demographic and Health Surveys. Basic information including age, sex, marital status, education, and relationship to the head of the household is collected for everyone who stayed in the selected households the night […]


The DHS Program’s Digital Resources

Written by: The DHS Program

22 Jun, 2021

The DHS Program has several digital resources available for free to help data users understand, analyze, visualize, and use DHS survey indicators to support evidence-based decision making. Click on each icon below to access the digital resource. Have you used any of The DHS Program’s digital resources? Share your feedback with The DHS Program by […]


IPUMS Announces Winners of the 2020 Global Health Research Awards

Written by: The DHS Program

26 May, 2021

Every year, hundreds of papers are published using DHS Program data. Datasets for individual DHS surveys are available for download from The DHS Program website by completing a simple registration form. Researchers and students can also access the IPUMS DHS data collection to facilitate comparative analysis of DHS Program data. Harmonized across time and space, […]


The DHS Program at the 2021 PAA Annual Meeting

Written by: The DHS Program

04 May, 2021

May 5th marks the first day of the 2021 Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Meeting. The premier conference of demographers and social and health scientists from the United States and abroad, this year’s PAA Annual Meeting is virtual. You must register to access sessions of the 2021 PAA Annual Meeting. Over the next four […]


Learn How to Use The DHS Program’s Code Share Library on GitHub

Written by: The DHS Program

21 Apr, 2021

The DHS Program recently released three YouTube tutorial videos to help DHS data users access The DHS Program’s Code Share Library on GitHub. The Code Share Library was started in 2018 to provide code for producing DHS indicators listed in the Guide to DHS Statistics using statistical software like Stata or SPSS. This year, The […]


Reflections from the 2020 DHS Fellows Program

Written by: The DHS Program

31 Mar, 2021

The DHS Fellows Program builds the long-term institutional capacity of universities in DHS countries to train students and faculty to analyze DHS data. Since 2011, the DHS Fellows Program has trained more than 150 researchers from over 40 universities in 25 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Typically, Fellows attend two separate in-person […]


International Women’s Day 2021

Written by: The DHS Program

08 Mar, 2021

The DHS Program collects data for Sustainable Development Goal #5 related to gender equality. For International Women’s Day 2021, UN Women’s theme is “Women in leadership: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” The DHS Program has a long history of collecting data on women’s decision making power, equal earnings, domestic violence, access to […]


Spatial Anonymization in Household Surveys

Written by: The DHS Program

24 Feb, 2021

Location is an important factor in population and health outcomes. Knowing the geospatial location of household survey clusters allows researchers to analyze the impact of location on peoples’ health, nutrition, and access to health care services. Geospatial data provide a clearer picture of where progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals is and is not being […]


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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.