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.

May 20, 2021
Survey: 41% of unmarried women use family planning methods

Jarra Cham
THE POINT (Bakau, The Gambia)

"...The 2019-2020 Gambia Demographic and Health survey has revealed that 41% of sexually active unmarried women aged 15 to 49 years use a modern family planning method. [...] Among sexually active, unmarried women aged 15-49, 41% use a modern method of family planning. The most popular methods among sexually active, unmarried women are implants (20%), injectables (11%), the male condom, and the pill (5% each). Meanwhile, 1 in 5 married women aged 15-49 use any method of family planning; 17% use a modern method and 2% use a traditional method. The most popular methods, according to the survey, are injectables (8%), implants (6%) and the pill (2%)..."

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