DHS in the News - COVID-19

Journalists worldwide write about The DHS Program results. The dissemination of DHS, SPA and HIV data is often widely covered by media in survey countries, but journalists also use The DHS Program data throughout the year as background information for their stories, or to compare health and development indicators across countries. These data are also used by journalists in the United States and other developed countries, as it is considered the gold standard of population, health and nutrition data. Below are some examples of recent news coverage. Please note: The links below are to websites outside The DHS Program.

Aug 08, 2020
Maximising the benefits of breastfeeding during COVID-19 pandemic

Cecilia Ologunagba
NAIJA 24/7 NEWS (Nigeria)

"...according to the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey 2018, conducted by National Population Commission (NPC), 97 per cent of children are breastfed at one point or the other, but only 42 per cent are put to breast within one hour of birth. And the proportion of children 0 to 6 months who are exclusively breastfed is a mere 29 per cent..."

Aug 08, 2020
Safeguarding health and rights of women and girls

Roselyne Sachiti Features
THE HERALD (Zimbabwe)

"...The 2015, Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS) confirmed that violence against women is rife and affects all women, regardless of geographic location, wealth or education. At least 35 percent of women and girls, 15 to 49 years, have experienced some form of GBV at least once in their lifetime..."

Aug 08, 2020
Mitigating COVID-19 Threat To Adolescent Health

Mohammed Ibrahim Yaba
DAILY TRUST (Kaduna, Nigeria)

"...More than four in 10 women are married by age 18, says the country’s latest Demographic Health Survey. Among the 15-19-year-olds, one in five is already a mother or pregnant with her first child. And only 3.2% of married 15-19-year-olds use any method of contraception..."

Aug 04, 2020
No link identified between COVID-19 and breastfeeding


"...The 2016 Demographic Health Survey South Africa has an estimated  27.4% (1 in 4 children) under the age of five being stunted, or low height for age and 3% wasted or low weight for height.  Stunting is a result of chronic undernutrition. Stunting during the first two years of life is particularly damaging and may be irreversible..."

Jul 30, 2020
Help stop the silent pandemic - Philippine hotlines to call for domestic violence victims during lockdown

THE PHILIPPINE STAR (Manila, Philippines)

"...Institutions like the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) have sounded the alarm on the rising incidences of domestic violence during the pandemic, especially in a country like the Philippines where three out of 20 women and girls aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence, one out of 20 has suffered from sexual violence, and one out of 4 married Filipinas has experienced spousal violence (based on the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey)..."