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 16, 2015
Improving family planning uptake in Ghana
GRAPHIC ONLINE (ACCRA, GHANA)
"...On the other hand, while TFR declined from 6.4 in 1988 to 4.0 in 2008, preliminary results from the 2014 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) report indicate that TFR has increased over the last six years to 4.2. Use of FP methods has been less than desired, despite the almost universal knowledge and awareness. Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) for modern methods has fluctuated from 19 per cent in 2003, decreasing to 17 per cent in 2008 and increasing to 22 per cent in 2014, an indication that even after a decade, still less than a quarter of married women are current users of modern contraception in Ghana. Yet, 30 per cent of married women in Ghana have an unmet need for family planning..."
Nov 12, 2015
Better condom brands in market
DAILY NEWS (DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA)
"...According to the 2011/2012 Tanzania HIV/AIDS and Malaria indicator survey men with higher social-economic wealth status are particularly at risk of contracting HIV and thus they decided together with other stakeholders to come up with these high quality condoms for the higher social-economic status men."
Nov 11, 2015
Winding road to family planning uptake
THE NATION (LILONGWE, MALAWI)
"...Nationwide, contraceptive use has risen markedly in recent years. The 2010 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) reported that 46% of Malawian women ages between 15-49 in marriages were using a method, with 43% using modern methods..."
Nov 09, 2015
Nepal acknowledges urgent need to eliminate child marriage and violence against women and girls at the Human Rights Council
"...The letter also notes how child marriage exposes young girls to physical and sexual violence, including early and forced initiation into sex and marital rape. According to the 2011 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), 47% of women who first had sex before the age of 15 years and 28.6% of women who first had sex between the ages of 15-19 stated that their initial experience of sexual intercourse was forced and against their will—with the majority of these cases having occurred within marriage. Husbands are reportedly the perpetrators of sexual violence in nearly 90% of sexual abuse cases in Nepal..."
Nov 06, 2015
Cambodia marks second national nutrition day
AKP (PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA)
"...'Even though many measures have been introduced to promote breastfeeding, the rate of breastfeeding in Cambodia has fallen remarkably over the last few years. The 2014 Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey showed that exclusive breastfeeding for infants 0 to 6 months old declined from 73.5 percent in 2010 to 65.0 percent in 2014. Further, continued breastfeeding of infants 12 to 15 months old also decreased,' he added..."