Request Dataset Access
The following applies to DHS, MIS, AIS and SPA survey datasets (Surveys, GPS, and HIV).
To request dataset access, you must first be a registered user of the website. You must then create a new research project request. The request must include a project title and a description of the analysis you propose to perform with the data.
The requested data should only be used for the purpose of the research or study. To request the same or different data for another purpose, a new research project request should be submitted. The DHS Program will normally review all data requests within 24 – 48 hours (Monday - Friday), and provide notification if access has been granted or additional project information is needed, before access can be granted.
See Step-by-Step Instructions
Access to DHS, MIS, AIS and SPA survey datasets (Surveys, HIV, and GPS) is requested and granted by country. This means that when approved, full access is granted to all unrestricted survey datasets for that country. Access to HIV and GIS datasets requires an online acknowledgment of the conditions of use.
Dataset requests must include contact information, a research project title, and a description of the analysis you propose to perform with the data.
A few datasets are restricted and these are noted on the request form. Access to restricted datasets is requested online as with other datasets. Permission to access restricted datasets must be submitted after registration - the instructions are provided during the registration process. When The DHS Program receives authorization to release restricted data, the user will be contacted, and the datasets made available by secure FTP.
GPS/HIV Datasets/Other Biomarkers
You must be a registered user to access and download datasets.
STEP 1A - If you are a new user, requesting data access, register for an account:
STEP 1B – If you are an existing user, requesting additional countries/datasets, log in to your account:
STEP 1C – If you are an existing user, creating a New Project, log in to your account:
Once downloaded, the datasets must not be passed on to other researchers without the written consent of The DHS Program. All reports and publications based on the requested data must be sent to The DHS Program Data Archive in a Portable Document Format (pdf).
Datasets are made available for download by survey. You will be presented with a list of surveys for which you have been granted dataset access. After selecting a survey, a list of all available datasets for that survey will be displayed, including all survey, GPS, and HIV data files. However, only data types for which you have been granted access will be accessible.
Compressed ZIP Files
All datasets are distributed as compressed zip files.
The files can be extracted from the zip file using Windows File Explorer on later versions of the operating system, or using file compression software such as WinZip, 7-Zip or PKUNZIP. A free evaluation version of WinZip can be downloaded by going to http://www.winzip.com and clicking on Download Evaluation Version. After extraction, you will be presented with several files depending on the data type and file format downloaded.
See more information on the distribution files
Step-by-Step Instructions for Downloading Datasets for Multiple Surveys
If you are downloading a large number of datasets for multiple countries/surveys please use the Download Manager. This eliminates the need to download survey by survey. There are various download managers available for all the major browsers. See DHS UserForum for more information.