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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.

Mar 27, 2013
HIV down but women at greater risk

Louis Kolumbia


Dar es Salaam. HIV prevalence has dropped slightly in the country--from 5.7 per cent in 2008/2009 to 5.1 per cent in 2011/12, a new report shows. The infection rate remains higher for women than for men.

Infections in women aged between 23 and 24 stand at 6.6 per cent as opposed to 2.8 per cent in men in the same age group, according to the Tanzania HIV/Aids and Malaria Indicator Survey report for 2011/2012 that was unveiled yesterday.

Mar 18, 2013
Rising HIV and sugar daddies in Uganda

John Campbell

"Uganda's HIV rates are on the rise again. According to the 2011 Uganda Aids Indicator Survey, 7.3 percent of the population is HIV positive, compared with 6.4 percent in 2005. International donors, NGOs, and the Ugandan government are scrambling to account for, and retard, this latest trend..."

Mar 01, 2013
Condoms continue to confound Uganda


"Research shows that while high-risk sex is common, condom use is not. According to the 2011 AIDS Indicator Survey, "among respondents age[d] 15-49 who were sexually active in the preceding 12 months, 17 percent of women and 34 percent of men engaged in sex with a non-marital, non-cohabiting partner. Of them, 29 percent of women and 38 percent of men reported using condoms at the most recent high-risk sex..."

Feb 28, 2013
Unintended pregnancy and abortion in Uganda


"...In 2008, an estimated 1.2 million unintended pregnancies occurred in Uganda, representing more than half of the country's 2.2 million pregnancies. Such unintended pregnancies result in two main outcomes—unplanned births and abortion. According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, more than four in 10 births (43%) are unplanned. The proportion of births that are unplanned is higher among rural, poor and less educated women than among their urban, wealthier and better educated counterparts. Additionally, women in the Eastern and North regions had the highest proportions of unplanned births (50–54%), while the proportions among women living in Karamoja, Kampala and the Central 1 and Southwest regions were lower (12–37%) than the national average...."

Feb 25, 2013
The high cost of unsafe abortion in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda

"...According to the Guttmacher brief, one of the key reasons for the high number of abortions is unplanned pregnancy. Uganda's unmet need for family planning stands at 34.3 percent, according to the 2011 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS); women are considered to have an unmet need if they wish to space their children's births or limit childbearing but are not using contraception. Just 30 percent of married women of reproductive age use any form of contraception, according to the 2011 DHS, and only 26 percent of married women and 43 percent of sexually active unmarried women use a modern method..."