Inside The DHS Program: Q&A with Gisèle Dunia

Written by: The DHS Program

25 Feb, 2020

Name: Gisèle Dunia Position title: Senior Advisor for Capacity Strengthening Languages spoken: French, English, Swahili, Lingala, and Haitian Creole When did you start at The DHS Program? March 2019 Favorite DHS survey cover: I prefer it when we have an image that represents the country. For example, the report for the 2007 Democratic Republic of […]


Luminare: Geospatial Modeling for Locally Available Data

Written by: Ben Mayala

11 Feb, 2020

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) collect nationally representative data and data representative at the first subnational administrative level (ADMIN 1). The 2016 Ethiopia DHS was designed to produce representative estimates for nine regions and two administrative cities. The 2014 Kenya DHS produced estimates for eight regions (formerly provinces). In addition to national-level indicators, STATcompiler also […]


Introducing DHS Program Analysis Briefs

Written by: The DHS Program

07 Jan, 2020

Over the last 30 years, The DHS Program has published more than 500 analytical reports in collaboration with researchers and institutions around the world. These reports extend to a wide variety of topics covering population and health issues with the ultimate purpose to be used in policy formation, program planning, and monitoring and evaluation. However, many […]


Meeting Emerging Nutrition Data Needs in DHS-8

Written by: The DHS Program

11 Dec, 2019

Nutrition is central to the health, well-being, and economic development of individuals, communities, and nations. Comprehensive and credible data are needed to capture the current state of nutrition and track the implementation of nutrition interventions. The DHS Program is a leading source of nutrition data in low and middle-income countries. The DHS Program has standard […]


16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Written by: The DHS Program

02 Dec, 2019

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign is back in action for 2019 under the theme “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!” This year, The DHS Program is highlighting sexual and physical violence indicators, as well as help seeking behavior in Tajikistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Benin, and Mali. Click on a graph […]


From Participant to Facilitator: DHS Fellows from Myanmar and Egypt

Written by: The DHS Program

20 Nov, 2019

The 2020 DHS Fellows Program is currently accepting applications from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jordan, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, and Zambia. Apply to join us for the DHS Fellows Program in 2020. The deadline to apply is November 24, 2019. Apply for the 2020 DHS Fellows Program   In […]


Reflections from the 2019 DHS Fellows Program: Senegal

Written by: The DHS Program

06 Nov, 2019

The 2020 DHS Fellows Program is currently accepting applications from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jordan, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, and Zambia. The deadline to apply is November 24th. Apply for the 2020 DHS Fellows Program   The DHS Fellows Program was an opportunity for us to analyze DHS data, […]


Journey Mapping Methods: Results from a Study on Place of Delivery

Written by: Susan Pietrzyk

22 Oct, 2019

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that, globally, 289,000 women of reproductive age die of maternal causes each year. Over 80% of these deaths are due to complications during childbirth and the postpartum period. Skilled birth attendance at health facilities equipped to handle complications is crucial for ensuring maternal survival. While Kenya has […]


DHS-8 Questionnaires

Written by: The DHS Program

10 Oct, 2019

The DHS Program is pleased to share our updated questionnaires for DHS-8. We held an open comment period in early 2019 and received over 1,000 pages of material from stakeholders worldwide. After careful consideration of each submission, we made numerous changes to better meet existing and emerging data needs in global health. We are especially excited […]


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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.