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.

Jun 28, 2023
Maternal Health: Experts Seek Govt, Private Sector Collaboration

Ojoma Akur

"...According to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (2018 NDHS), Nigeria’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is 512 deaths per 100,000 live births, which is one of the worst maternal health indices in the world..."

Jun 27, 2023
Chief Mpunga takes nutrition myths head on: Community leader advocates for good nutrition practices

James Chavula
UNICEF (Malawi)

"...Chiradzulu district had one of the highest malnutrition rates in the country where nearly one in three children are stunted, according to the Malawi Demographic and Health Survey of 2015..."

Jun 16, 2023
For Girls Escaping Sexual Abuse, Too Few Safe Spaces

Patricia Lindrio

"...According to the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, 9.9% of girls ages 15 to 19 have experienced sexual violence. Most of the time, they don’t get justice, and their abusers, who are most often people they know like brothers, uncles, parents or close friends, get away with it..."

Feb 28, 2023
Atelier de dissémination des principaux résultats de l’enquête sur les indicateurs du paludisme au Niger (EIPNI 2021) : 78% des ménages enquêtés dorment sous une MII en 2021 contre 14% de 2012

ONEP, Farida Ibrahim Assoumane

"...A titre illustratif, l’EIPN révèle que 78% des ménages enquêtés dorment sous une MII en 2021 contre 14% de 2012. D’après M. Kala Idi, l’EIPN est la première enquête nationale mise en œuvre au Niger uniquement pour collecter les données sur le paludisme. Pendant cette enquête, des équipes ont interviewé 4729 ménages et testé plus de 4700 enfants de 6 à 59 mois pour l’anémie et le paludisme. Le taux de réponse pour l’enquête était très élevé : 99% de ménages et 97% de femmes éligibles interviewées. En plus, du sang était collecté de 98% d’enfants éligibles pour les tests du paludisme et de l’anémie..."

Feb 21, 2023
How Pate’s Appointment As Gavi CEO Will Benefit Nigeria‘s Health Secto

Ojoma Akor

"...He said in Nigeria only 31% of children under 23 months have received basic vaccination, according to the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS 2018). "So we need to work harder to meet our target of 80% in the next four years..."