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.

Sep 30, 2008
Rwanda: Meeting the Millennium Development Goals


...The 2005 Demographic and Health Survey shows that HIV/AIDS infection rates have declined dramatically, that the number of treated cases has increased dramatically and that Rwanda is one of the few countries in Africa likely to reach universal treatment. Rwanda is on track to achieve the targeted reduction in malaria ­incidence...

Nov 30, 2007
Uganda: Maternal mortality rates improve

Fred Ouma

The 2006 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey showed that the number of women who die due to pregnancy complications has declined slightly from 527 per 100,000 in 1995 to 435 per 100,000 in 2006, while the number of children who died before their first birthday has reduced from 88 to 76 deaths per 1000 lives births.

Nov 21, 2007
Uganda: Fifty-eight percent of women give birth at home

Luke Kagiri

Fifty-eight percent of Ugandan women give birth in their homes, according to the 2006 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey. The research, conducted by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, showed that the percentage of Ugandan mothers giving birth from health facilities had increased in the past 10 years.

According to the report, carried out every after five years, 42% of the women gave birth in an institution, compared with 38% in 2000 and 36% in 1995...

Jul 18, 2007
Number of orphans spikes as Zimbabwe crises deepen: Rise in HIV, fall of economy cited
John Donnelly

...The 2006 survey, conducted by the government Central Statistical Office in collaboration with Macro International, a Maryland-based organization that conducts health surveys around the world, found that 22 percent of children under the age of 18 in Zimbabwe had lost one or both parents, up from 9 percent in 1994 and 14 percent in 1999. Overall, Zimbabwe recorded an 18 percent HIV-prevalence rate among adults, said the survey....
Jun 28, 2007
The not-so-fair sex: Women may be more responsible for spreading HIV than has been suspected


...For work by Vinod Mishra of Macro International, a research firm under contract to the American government, suggests women are not always the innocent vessels that HIV epidemiology takes them for. And that, in turn, means the models that epidemiology relies on may be wrong.

Dr Mishra presented his findings at the HIV/AIDS Implementers' Meeting held last week in Kigali. He had examined medical and demographic surveys from 11 African countries in order to extract data on what are known as discordant couples...