IPUMS-DHS facilitates analysis of Demographic and Health Surveys, administered in low- and middle-income countries for over 30 years. IPUMS-DHS contains thousands of consistently coded variables on the health and well-being of women, children, and births. Users can determine variable availability at a glance and create data files with just the variables and samples they need.

This project is designed to help researchers conduct multi-level and comparative studies of health and well-being in African and Asian countries, from the 1980s to the present. The data currently come from 90 nationally representative Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in 20 African countries and India, with technical and financial support from the U.S. Agency for International Development. IPUMS-DHS variables have been given consistent names and codes and documented to facilitate cross-country and cross-time comparisons. The current version of IPUMS-DHS includes women of childbearing age, their births, and their children under age 5. Topics include sanitation, household possessions and wealth, women's work, education and media exposure, family planning, maternal and child health and survival, domestic violence, female circumcision, HIV/AIDS knowledge, nutrition, family decision-making, marriage and sexuality, health behaviors, and health care use and access.

Coming soon: Samples from more countries in Africa and south Asia, household members as a unit of analysis, geographic and population-based contextual variables, and the integration of hundreds of new variables!

Principal Investigators and senior personnel:

  • Elizabeth Heger Boyle
  • Miriam L. King
  • Matthew Sobek
  • Sula Sarkar

Supported by:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Stat/Transfer
  • University of Minnesota

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