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 17, 2010
Kenya: Most women deliver at home

Jeff Otieno

More than half of Kenyan women still give birth at home without the help of qualified attendants. According to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2008/2009, 56 percent of women give birth at home...

May 26, 2010
India: Banking on the 'Morning After' pill

Mridu Khullar Relph

...According to the 2005-2006 National Family Health Survey, only 49% of Indian women use modern contraceptives, and of these, only 3% are on the Pill...

May 25, 2010
Zimbabwe: When giving life brings death
Paidamoyo Chipunza
THE HERALD (Zimbabwe)

...Current data show that the Maternal Mortality Rate has increased to 880 deaths per 100 000 live births compared to 283 per 100 000 live births in 1990 (Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey 1994)...
Apr 27, 2010
Nigeria: Malaria remains a moving target
Sola Ogundipe, Chioma Obinna, Chinyere Amalu & Olayinka Latona
VANGUARD (Nigeria)

...Minister of State for Health and Sardauna Gusau, Alhaji Suleiman Bello who disclosed this to Good Health Weekly said that although 17 million nets were distributed in 2009 and 46 million more are to be distributed by the end of the year, figures from the 2008 national Demographic and Health Survey indicate that the rate of use of the nets is just about 4.8 per cent among pregnant women and 5.5 per cent amongst children under 5...
Apr 26, 2010
Tipping points in Mali

John Donnelly
Guest Blog
Global Health Magazine (USA)

...The first was a discovery in a book of statistics.

Deep inside Mali's Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) in 2006 was this finding: Mali residents were using health facilities, on average, just 0.3 times a year. It wasn't that people in Mali were extraordinarily healthy. Instead, officials believed, many weren't going because they couldn't afford a visit with a doctor or even a community health worker...