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DHS Standard Demographic and Health Survey (DHS)

Series type 
Multinational survey family
Time period 
1984 - present

Started in 1984, the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) series is one of the longest running and largest survey families.  It was preceded by the World Fertility Survey series and the Contraceptive Prevalence Surveys.  Since its inception, the DHS has been largely funded by USAID, and since the late 80s, executed under the direction of Macro -- after Macro purchased the Institute for Resource Development (IRD) from Westinghouse.  Macro has undergone various transformations (Macro Systems, Macro International, ORC Macro) and was briefly known as ICF Macro after ICF acquired Macro in 2009. The organization became ICF International in 2011.

Currently DHS data and reports are available from the Demographic and Health Surveys Program website: http://dhsprogram.com/

The site lists past and ongoing surveys and has tools for exploring DHS data.  It generally offers data in Stata, SPSS, SAS and flat-file formats.

The DHS cover maternal and child health, nutrition and mortality topics.  Each survey may include additional modules or country-specific questions that can cover a wide array of topics including wealth, occupation, housing conditions, exposure to mass media, attitudes toward contraception and reproductive health-related issues, AIDS, and malaria.  The MEASURE DHS program also includes the Special and In Depth DHS, as well as the AIDS Indicator Surveys (AIS), Malaria Indicator Surveys (MIS) and the Service Provision Assessments (SPA), a facility survey series.

Generally DHS are conducted in countries that do not have the resources to conduct comprehensive surveys of this type on their own, and countries that have had DHS in the past ”graduate” from the program as they develop the capacity to conduct these kinds of surveys themselves. For that reason and because of the high standard set by the DHS, there are many surveys similar to the DHS that are not actually part of the series.

The list below shows DHS that are part of the standard DHS series.

DHS Standard Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) Dataset Records

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Ghana Demographic and Health Survey 2022-2023

Ghana Demographic and Health Survey 2022
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Philippines Demographic and Health Survey 2022

2022 Philippine National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS)
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

India Demographic and Health Survey 2019-2020

National Family Health Survey 2019-20 (NFHS-5)
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative

Mauritania Demographic and Health Survey 2019-2020

Mauritanie Enquête Démographique et de Santé 2019-2020
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Gambia Demographic and Health Survey 2019-2020

2019-20 GDHS
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Senegal Continuous Demographic and Health Survey 2019

L’Enquête Démographique et de Santé Continue (EDS-Continue) de 2019
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Turkey Demographic and Health Survey 2018-2019

2018 Türkiye Nüfus ve Sağlık Araştırması
Survey: Cross-sectional - De facto - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Cameroon Demographic and Health Survey 2018-2019

Enquête Démographique et de Santé du Cameroun (EDSC-V) 2018
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Senegal Continuous Demographic and Health Survey 2018

Sénégal Enquête Démographique et de Santé Continue (EDS-Continue) 2018
Survey: Cross-sectional - De facto - De jure - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Mali Demographic and Health Survey 2018

Sixième Enquête Démographique et de Santé au Mali 2018
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative

Guinea Demographic and Health Survey 2018

Enquête Démographique et de Santé en Guinée (EDSG V) 2018
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative

Albania Demographic and Health Survey 2017-2018

Albania DHS 2017-2018
Survey: Cross-sectional - De facto - De jure - Health facility - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Benin Demographic and Health Survey 2017-2018

République du Bénin Cinquième Enquête Démographique et de Santé 2017-2018
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Jordan Demographic and Health Survey 2017-2018

Jordan Population and Family Health Survey (JPFHS) 2017-18
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Senegal Continuous Demographic and Health Survey 2017

Sénégal Enquête Démographique et de Santé Continue (EDS-Continue) 2017
Survey: Cross-sectional - De facto - De jure - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Laos Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2017

Laos Social Indicator Survey (LSIS II) 2017
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Tajikistan Demographic and Health Survey 2017

2017 TjDHS
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Philippines Demographic and Health Survey 2017

Philippines National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) 2017
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Haiti Demographic and Health Survey 2016-2017

Haiti Mortality, Morbidity and Utilization Survey / Enquête Mortalité, Morbidité et Utilisation des Services (EMMUS-VI) 2016-2017
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Burundi Demographic and Health Survey 2016-2017

Enquête Démographique et de Santé au Burundi (EDSB-III) 2016-2017
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2016-2017

Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative - Verbal autopsy

Timor-Leste Demographic and Health Survey 2016

2016 TLDHS
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2016

Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Cote d'Ivoire Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2016

Enquête par grappes à indicateurs multiples - Côte d’Ivoire 2016
Survey: Cross-sectional - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

India Demographic and Health Survey 2015-2016

India National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS-4)
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative

Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey 2016

Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Health facility - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Angola Demographic and Health Survey 2015-2016

Inquérito de Indicadores Múltiplos e de Saúde (IIMS) 2015-2016
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Colombia Demographic and Health Survey 2015-2016

Colombia Encuesta Nacional de Demografía y Salud (ENDS) 2015
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Malawi Demographic and Health Survey 2015-2016

Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and Micronutrient Survey (MNS) 2015-2016
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey 2015-2016

Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey and Malaria Indicator Survey (TDHS-MIS) 2015-2016
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey 2015

Survey: Cross-sectional - De jure - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Subnationally representative - Urban-rural representative

Senegal Continuous Demographic and Health Survey 2015

Sénégal Enquête Démographique et de Santé Continue (EDS-Continue) 2015
Survey: Cross-sectional - GPS coordinates (GIS) - Household - Individual - Interview - Nationally representative - Urban-rural representative

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