A systematic review of Demographic and Health Surveys: data availability and utilization for research

Jun 11, 2012


The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) project, funded primarily by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with support from other donors and host countries, has conducted over 230 nationally representative and internationally comparable household surveys in more than 80 countries since its inception in 1984. USAID has invested approximately 380 million United States dollars (US$) in the project, and each dollar has leveraged approximately US$ 0.33 in donor and host-country contributions. The first three of the DHS’s six phases were implemented between 1984 and 1997. Thereafter the project was folded into a family of USAID monitoring and evaluation projects and was renamed MEASURE DHS.1

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