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 27, 2020
Using Satellite Imagery and Nighttime Lights to Understand the Impact of COVID-19 across Southeast Asian Cities

Stephanie Sy, Anica Araneta, Hanif Rahemtulla, Bruno Carrasco, and Stella Balgos

"...Combining nighttime lights with data from the 2017 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) from 27,496 households nationwide, we found that wealthier urban areas in the Philippines are still affected by lockdown as nighttime lights continued to dim since February 2020 (Figure 7). In comparison, rural areas that ranked lower on the wealth index with more relaxed lockdown measures have shown some recovery in terms of the brightness of lights from April to August 2020. For the top 5% of the wealthiest clusters in the Philippines, there was a -112% dimming from February to August 2020, while the remaining 95% dimmed by only -22% over the same time period (Figure 8)..."

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