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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.

Oct 07, 2014
Teenage Pregnancy in Nigeria: Facts and Truth

Let Girls Lead

"...To illustrate how serious the situation of early pregnancy is in Nigeria, I took a look at the recently published "Demographic and Health Survey 2013." In Nigeria, an estimated 23 percent of women aged 15-19 years have begun childbearing, of which 17 percent have had their first child and 5 percent are pregnant with their first child. Also, 32 percent of teenagers in rural areas have begun childbearing, as opposed to 10 percent in the urban areas of Nigeria. The report shows disparities within the geopolitical zones as follows: Northwest (36 percent);Northeast (32 percent);North Central (19 percent);South Central (12 percent);South East (8 percent );and South West (8 percent)..."

Sep 16, 2014
Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2014

UNICEF (New York)

Recent estimates show that the number of under-five deaths worldwide has declined by half since 1990, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million today. Yet, 17,000 children under age five still die every day in 2013.

Sep 08, 2014
Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children

UNICEF (New York)

Interpersonal violence –in all its forms –has a grave effect on children: Violence undermines children's future potential;damages their physical, psychological and emotional well-being;and in many cases, ends their lives. The report sheds light on the prevalence of different forms of violence against children, with global figures and data from 190 countries. Where relevant, data are disaggregated by age and sex, to provide insights into risk and protective factors.

Aug 15, 2014
Nigeria: Demographic and Health Survey 2013


"This is perhaps a surprising publication for an environment and urban-focused journal to give attention to – since its 538 pages give almost no attention to environmental issues and little to urban issues. But if read carefully, it does have a wealth of statistics on health and demography for Nigeria’s urban population (although sadly with no disaggregation below this). It is also important in that demographic and health surveys end up being the main source of statistics on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals..."

Aug 15, 2014
Reporter's notebook: a not-so-grand tour of Ethopia's top hospital

Amy Walters
NPR (Washington, DC)

"...It was worse. Now, to be fair, all those things I said before are true. More babies are living through childbirth. Infant mortality has decreased by 39 percent in the past 15 years. But one in every 17 Ethiopian children still dies before turning 1, and one in every 11 children dies before age 5 [2011 Ethiopia DHS]. There's a ways to go..."