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 19, 2015
Without toilets childrens lives and dignity at stake in Ghana


"Twenty-one percent of Ghanaians have no access to a toilet and still use the bush or open field for defecation. This is worse in rural areas where 34 percent of the population still practise open defecation. Meanwhile, according to the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey 2014, among Ghanaian children under the age five, 19 percent were stunted (short for their age), five percent were wasted (thin for their height), and 11 percent were underweight (thin for their age). Stunting is a sign of chronic malnutrition, potentially causing reduced intelligence and associated opportunities for life..."

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