Demographic Health Survey (DHS)

Topic/focus: Disease - Specific / Registry, General Health and Nutrition
Year(s): Varies depending on country
Source: Funded by USAID and implemented by ICF International
Study and sample characteristics: Survey, biomarker testing, and geographic location
Universe: 90 participating countries worldwide
Variables: n/a (summary statistics)
Access: Requires registration for downloading datasets
Cost: Free
Key web links: Demographic Health Survey (DHS)
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: DHS population-based surveys provide reliable and accurate information on HIV, malaria, gender, family planning, maternal and child health, and nutrition in more than 90 countries. They offer statistics on the most common indicators, as well as trends and cross-country comparisons. Since 1984 more than 220 surveys have been carried out in more than 90 countries. The survey reports and survey data are free to everyone.