DHS in the News

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.

Mar 13, 2019
No Country for New Mothers

Mahwish Qayyum

"Citing the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2017-18, she says 19 percent of urban women and 41 percent of rural give birth at home..."

Jan 19, 2019
Ways to Fight Teen Pregnancies

Shikanda Kawanga

"The 2013-2014 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey indicates that girls most vulnerable to teenage pregnancy and child marriages have low levels of education and belong to low-income households..."

Jan 17, 2019
New safety concerns emerge on latest HIV wonder drug

Tamar Kahn
BUSINESS DAY (Johannesburg, South Africa)

"The findings have implications for both individuals and public health, given SA’s obesity epidemic: more than two thirds of women, and almost a third of men are overweight or obese, according to the 2016 Demographic and Health Survey..."

Jan 10, 2019
Schoolgirls in this country face compulsory tests for pregnancy genital mutilation

Rebecca Ratcliffe
DHEKISISA (Narok, Kenya)

"In Narok, four in 10 girls become pregnant as teenagers, according to Kenya’s most recent demographic and health survey, produced in 2014..."

Dec 31, 2018
Poshan: Tackling malnourishment

Deepika Reddy
TELAGANA TODAY (Poshan, India)

"In NFHS(4), 35.7% children under 5 years of age are underweight and 38.4% are stunted indicating a reduction from the previous NFHS – 3 which reported 42.5% children under 5 years of age as underweight and 48% stunted."