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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.

Nov 22, 2012
In Rwanda 13 districts on track to eliminate malaria

Maria Kaitesi

"...According to the 2010 Demographic Health Survey, 82 percent of the population have at least one long lasting insecticide net, while 72 percent of pregnant women and 70 percent of children under five were using bed nets..."

Nov 21, 2012
Project to save womens lives launched


"...According to the 2006-07 Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS), maternal mortality ratio in Pakistan is 276, per 100,000 live births, which is the highest in South Asia. Every 30 minutes a woman dies due to pregnancy and child birth-related causes. The most common cause of maternal deaths is excessive blood loss after childbirth; abortion-related complications are also among the five major causes of maternal deaths. The women who die are usually poor, marginalized, live in rural areas and are in the prime of their lives..."

Nov 16, 2012
In Ethiopia a community protects girls from harmful practices including child marriage

Wossen Mulatu

"...In Ethiopia, child marriage is one of the harmful traditional practices that affect girls' lives, choices and opportunities. According to the 2011 Demographic Health Survey, 63% of women are married by age 18..."

Nov 14, 2012
UNFPA State of World Population 2012


"The State of World Population 2012 explains why family planning is a right, examines the challenges in ensuring that all women, men and young people are able to exercise that right and suggests actions that governments and international organizations can take to give everyone the power and the means to decide freely and responsibly how many children to have and when to have them."

Nov 13, 2012
Costly lifestyle diseases uphill problem


Dhaka, Bangladesh

"...One in nine people aged 35 and above was found diabetic in the preliminary results of the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) 2011. One in three women and one in five men of the same age group was found to have high blood pressure. The national representative study, done for the first time in Bangladesh, also found one in six women and one in 10 men overweight which is also linked with diabetes and hypertension..."