IPUMS Global Health

Harmonized International Survey Data on Maternal, Child, and Reproductive Health

IPUMS Global Health provides integrated international health survey data at no cost for research and educational purposes from two data series: the Demographic Health Surveys (DHS) and Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) surveys. The data collections contained within IPUMS Global Health, IPUMS DHS and IPUMS PMA, have consistently named and coded variables with detailed variable-level documentation that allow researchers to conduct cross-country and cross-time comparisons. (Collection level DOI: 10.18128/C080)

IPUMS DHS facilitates analysis of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), administered in low- and middle-income countries from the 1980s to the present. The current version of IPUMS DHS includes, as units of analysis, women of childbearing age, their births, their children under age 5, and their reproductive events, by month, during the preceding five years; adult men; and all members of sampled households.

Topics include: Sanitation, Household Possessions and Wealth, Women's Work, Education and Media Exposure, Fertility, 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.

IPUMS PMA is the harmonized version of the international family planning survey series Performance Monitoring for Action (formerly known as Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020/PMA2020). These data are designed to monitor family planning and reproductive health indicators with annual surveys in participating countries.  PMA surveys collect data from households, women of childbearing age, and health facilities, and also have a number of topic modules that collect data on nutrition of children under 5, longitudinal panels of pregnant women and infants, and the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on health care access.

Topics include: Fertility Preferences, Family Planning Use, Sanitation Facilities, Water Source, Household Possessions and Wealth, Health Care, Menstrual Hygiene Practices, Migration, Abortion, Women's Empowerment, Family Planning Services Provided, COVID-19 Impacts, Antenatal Care, Domestic Violence, and Vaccination.

Principal Investigators and Senior Personnel for IPUMS DHS:

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

IPUMS DHS Supported by:

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

Principal Investigators and Senior Personnel for IPUMS PMA:

  • Kathryn Grace
  • Elizabeth Heger Boyle
  • Devon Kristiansen
  • Matthew Sobek

IPUMS PMA Supported by:

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Performance Monitoring for Action
  • Stat/Transfer
  • University of Minnesota

IPUMS DHS Versions

Version Dates DOI
9 05/11/2022 - Present 10.18128/D080.V9
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8 01/07/2021 - 05/11/2022 10.18128/D080.V8
7 09/26/2019 - 01/07/2021 10.18128/D080.V7
6 01/11/2019 - 09/26/2019 10.18128/D080.V6
5 07/24/2018 - 01/11/2019 10.18128/D080.V5
4 11/02/2017 - 07/24/2018 10.18128/D080.V4
3 06/14/2016 - 11/02/2017 10.18128/D080.V3.0

IPUMS PMA Versions

Version Dates DOI
7.2 12/19/2022 - Present 10.18128/D081.V7.2
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7.1 05/17/2022 - 12/19/2022 10.18128/D081.V7.1
7.0 03/16/2022 - 05/17/2022 10.18128/D081.V7.0
6.0 09/29/2021 - 03/16/2022 10.18128/D081.V6.0
5.0 05/04/2021 - 09/29/2021 10.18128/D081.V5.0
4.2 02/19/2021 - 05/04/2021 10.18128/D081.V4.2
4.1 10/19/2020 - 02/19/2021 10.18128/D081.V4.1
4.0 04/02/2019 - 10/19/2020 10.18128/D081.V4.0
3.0 08/08/2019 - 04/02/2020 10.18128/D081.V3.0
2.1 02/19/2019 - 08/08/2019 10.18128/D081.V2.1
2.0 11/02/2018 - 02/19/2019 10.18128/D081.V2.0
1.0 06/04/2018 - 11/02/2018 10.18128/D081.V1.0