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.

Aug 19, 2010
Ethiopia: Empowering women to fight FGM, FGC


...The eastern Somali region has the highest prevalence at 97.3 percent against 73.3 nationally, according to Ethiopia's 2005 Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS)...

Aug 05, 2010
Bangladesh: Breastfeeding can prevent deaths of 37,000 newborns


...Referring to a report of Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2007, Ruhal Haque said every year some 0.12 million newborns die in the country within 28 days of their birth and that breastfeeding within an hour of birth could possibly prevent death of some 37,000 newborns...

Jul 10, 2010
Polygamous marriages exposing Kenyans to risk of HIV, warns new survey

Samuel Siringi

...Although the figure represents a drop from the 16 of every 100 married women who had co-wives in 2003, the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS), 2008/2009 says Kenyan men should restrain themselves from taking more than one wife...

Jul 05, 2010
Kenya: New push for laws to punish marital rape

Arthur Okwemba

...The push for the law follows admission of rape by women who participated in the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS), 2008-09, whose results were released recently.

At least 14 percent of the married women surveyed said they had been forced to have sex by current husbands and partners in the year preceding the study. Another 37 percent said they had been subjected to sexual violence by current husbands or partners...

Jun 30, 2010
Bangladesh: Educating girls lowers maternal death rate


...The Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) showed that the percentage of uneducated girls and women from the age of six in rural areas dropped from 50 percent in 1993 to 32 percent in 2007; in urban areas the figure fell from 34 percent in 1993, and to 23 percent in 2007...