Bangladesh Urban Health Survey (UHS)

Bangladesh Urban Health Survey (UHS) is a representative household survey of slums and non-slums of City Corporations and other urban areas that was implemented through a collaborative effort of the National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT), Measure Evaluation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and icddr,b. Associates for Community and Population Research, a Bangladeshi private research agency, conducted the field survey with financial support from USAID and DFID.

Primarily UHS was designed to examine the status/changes in the health and service utilization profile of the urban population with explicit attention to examine differences between slum and nonslum groups. By this time, two round of UHS surveys were conducted in 2006 and 2013. The information collected in UHS are instrumental in determining directions for the urban health program in Bangladesh. Data concerning important urban health issues like migration, fertility and family planning, maternal and newborn health, childhood mortality, child health, feeding practices, and nutritional status etc. are crucial in designing policies and programs. Analysis of intra-urban differentials in key health outcomes is a special feature of the survey that demonstrates progress towards better health and challenges ahead.

UHS collects information from households, ever-married women age 15-49 and ever-married men age 15-54. Community information are collected from key informants living in the community. In addition verbal autopsy questionnaire was used in UHS 2013 to collected information on causes of death of all under five mortality events.

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Obtaining Data

UHS data files are available for download through Dataverse Network (DVN) of University of North Carolina (UNC), USA. For more details on obtaining and downloading UHS data please visit: http://arc.irss.unc.edu/dvn/dv/MEP3

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