From a total of 70 team-applications from across Asia, the UP Population Institute team composed of Assoc. Prof. Maria Paz N. Marquez, Assoc. Prof. Maria Midea M. Kabamalan and Asst. Prof. Elma P. Laguna was one of the 6 teams selected for the 2017 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Fellows Program. The fellowship program aims to enhance the “capacity of university faculty from DHS survey countries and to build long-term institutional sustainability for universities in these countries to train students and faculty to use DHS survey data.” Its major objectives are (1) to teach fellows to analyze and conduct research using DHS datasets; (2) to strengthen skills that fellows will use to integrate DHS data in teaching; (3) to increase the ability of fellows to strengthen the capacity of others for using DHS data at their home universities.
As part of the fellowship program, the teams are required to attend two workshops, the first of which was held in Bangkok, Thailand on March 6 to 17, 2017 and the second is scheduled for April 25- May 4, 2017 in Bali, Indonesia.
The DHS Fellows Program has trained over 80 researchers from more than 30 universities in over 10 countries since 2008. With the assistance of DHS Program researchers from ICF International, intensive mentoring will be provided to fellows in the implementation of their proposed research project using the DHS data and their plan to enhance capacity building in their home university. The UPPI team will work on their research paper entitled “Ten Years of Traditional Contraceptive Method Use in the Philippines: Continuity and Change.” A series of workshops on DHS data use is also scheduled as part of the institutional capacity building program of the team for the University.
The DHS Fellows Program is funded by USAID.