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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.

Aug 12, 2012
Tanzania still far off course on UN health targets

Edward Qorro
THE CITIZEN (Tanzania)

...In 1999, skilled personnel, according to UNDP figures, attended only 41 per cent of the births. By 2010, that number had only gone up to 51, a negligible 10 per cent increase. Additional dismal figures point to an alarming trend; by 2010 only 50 per cent of all women gave births at approved healthcare facilities, and only around 64 per cent of children under five had adequate protection from malaria...

Aug 11, 2012
In poor countries lower fertility is usually good for growth but it can also increase inequality


...The authors use Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), which contain a lot of detail about family structure and household assets. DHS data from 60 developing countries enable them to divide households into five income groups and to show that in every continent, the "youth-dependency ratio" (the number of children under 15 compared with the working-age population) is lowest in the richest group, next lowest in the next-richest group and so on...

Aug 09, 2012
Can working mothers breastfeed exclusively
Agnes Kyotalengerire

...According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey report, 62% of children born in the country are exclusively breastfed (for the first six months)... http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/633941-Can-working-mothers-breastfeed-exclusively-.html
Aug 09, 2012
Culture of silence hinders reporting of violence

Elly Burhaini Faizal
THE JAKARTA POST (Jakarta, Indonesia)

...The Philippines' 9th National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) in 2008, which for the first time included a women's safety module (WSM), did not use words such as 'abuse' or 'violence', Viernes said...

Aug 09, 2012


...The Liberia DHS 2012-13 will contribute to addressing this general lack of data on important socio-economic indicators such as health, nutrition, protection, WASH and HIV and AIDS...