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.
Sep 13, 2016
Low health budget slows down Kenya's family planning drive
BUSINESS DAILY (Nairobi, Kenya)
"...The latest Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) indicates that 18 per cent of women in Kenya have an unmet need for family planning..."
Sep 09, 2016
Egypt: New Penalties for Female Genital Mutilation
"...A 2014 demographic and health survey for Egypt, conducted on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Population, found that 92 percent of currently or formerly married girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 had undergone female genital mutilation. The survey showed that the practice had decreased between 2005 and 2014, but estimated that 56 percent of girls under 19 were expected to undergo it in the future..."
Aug 30, 2016
Giving birth in Guinea: a life or death lottery bereft of midwives and medicine
THE GUARDIAN (Kankan, Guinea)
"Of every 1,000 babies born in Guinea, 123 die before their fifth birthday. For every 100,000 live births, 724 women die. Guinea has the world's second-highest rate of female genital mutilation (FGM), after Somalia – 97% of women between 15 and 49 have been cut."
Aug 25, 2016
What the World’s Population Will Look Like in 2050: By the Numbers
NEWSWEEK (New York, NY)
"...7.6 – The fertility rate of women in Niger, which represents the highest rate in the world..."
Aug 18, 2016
How birth control changed everything for a young mother in Uganda
BUSINESS INSIDER (Australia)
"...According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, the median age of first birth for women in Uganda is 18.9 years old. That figure reflects the age at which women between the ages of 20 and 49 reported having their first child..."