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.

Dec 17, 2020
Next Level Agenda in the journey towards UHC: Health for All Nigerians

Aloysius Ugwu and Michael Atima

"...Over the years the Nigerian health system has faced very poor health outcomes. Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate is 512 per 100,000 live births according to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, infant mortality rate is 67 per 1,000 live births and the under 5 mortality rate is 132 per 1,000 live births..."

Dec 16, 2020
Preventing Teenage Pregnancy through Relief for the Girl-child

Funmi Ogundare
THISDAY (Lagos, Nigeria)

"...According to a Demographic and Health Survey 2013 report in Nigeria, an estimated 23 per cent of women aged 15 to 19 years have begun child bearing, of which 17 per cent have had their first child and five per cent are pregnant with their first child. Also, 32 per cent of teenagers in rural areas have begun child bearing as opposed to 10 per cent in the urban areas of Nigeria. The report shows the disparities within the geopolitical zones as follows: north-west (36 per cent), north-east (32 per cent), north-central (19 per cent), south-central (12 per cent), south-east (8 per cent) and south-west (8 per cent)..."

Dec 15, 2020
Global progress report on WASH in health care facilities: Fundamentals first

UNICEF (New York, USA)

"...Some of the most standardized data come from facility assessments supported by global programmes, such as the WHO-supported Service Availability and Readiness Assessments (SARA) or the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported Service Provision Assessments (SPA). Both the SARA and SPA surveys typically ask about the availability of different infection prevention and control items, including hand hygiene facilities, in different locations of the health care facility (Table). Usually, the items can be recorded as ‘observed’, ‘reported but not seen’ or ‘not available’..."

Dec 13, 2020
Domestic violence, rape and suicide on the rise nationwide?

Bingo P. Dejaresco
THE NEGROS CHRONICLE (Dumaguete, Philippines)

"...But as early as 2017, women aged 17-49 (one out of four) were already physically, emotionally or sexually abused by their partners, according to the Philippine National Demographic and Health Survey..."

Dec 11, 2020
Maternal mortality ratio in Pakistan still too high, shows report

DAWN (Islamabad, Pakistan)

"While the federal and provincial governments want to reduce the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) to 70 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030, it currently stands at 186 deaths per 100,000 births, according to a survey launched on Thursday. Overall, 12 per cent of the deaths among ever-married women between the ages of 15 and 49 years in the past three years were due to maternal causes, says the survey report..."