IPUMS-DHS News


Data for 5 new countries released in April 2018

In April 2018, IPUMS-DHS added 7 samples from Bangladesh, 3 samples from Pakistan, 2 samples from Yemen, and single samples from Sudan and Tunisia.

Latest DHS samples for India and Ethiopia now available

IPUMS-DHS now includes data from the DHS samples for Ethiopia 2016 and India 2015-2016.

Household members a new unit of analysis in IPUMS-DHS

The DHS randomly selects households for interview within sampling clusters and collects information on the characteristics of the household and the household members. Household members are now included in IPUMS-DHS as a fourth unit of analysis. Along with basic demographics, the household members' data covers such topics as children's schooling, child labor and discipline, orphanhood, and tobacco use.

Anthropometric data for all young children, including orphans

Choosing household members as the unit of analysis allows researchers to analyze anthropometric data (on height, weight, and anemia) for all young children, including orphans. Using children as the unit of analysis instead restricts the sample to children whose mothers were alive and were interviewed for the women's questionnaire.

Use POPWT to get population-level numbers for household members in IPUMS-DHS

Using the original DHS weights corrects for issues such as oversampling smaller regions and produces numbers representing the total number of surveyed people. Using the new IPUMS-DHS variable POPWT, researchers can now produce estimates of the total number of people in the population who have a given characteristic. See the User Note on POPWT for more information.