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.

Nov 16, 2015
Improving family planning uptake in Ghana


"...On the other hand, while TFR declined from 6.4 in 1988 to 4.0 in 2008, preliminary results from the 2014 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) report indicate that TFR has increased over the last six years to 4.2. Use of FP methods has been less than desired, despite the almost universal knowledge and awareness. Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) for modern methods has fluctuated from 19 per cent in 2003, decreasing to 17 per cent in 2008 and increasing to 22 per cent in 2014, an indication that even after a decade, still less than a quarter of married women are current users of modern contraception in Ghana. Yet, 30 per cent of married women in Ghana have an unmet need for family planning..."

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