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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 07, 2012
Aquino defeats church and Pacquiao over condom law

Daniel Ten Kate, Joel Guinto, and Norman P. Aquino

...While the wealthiest 20 percent of women in the Philippines have an average of 1.9 babies, the poorest fifth deliver 5.2, according to the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey. In the bottom income-bracket, 44.1 percent of women aged 15 to 24 had begun childbearing, according to the survey, more than three times the number of the wealthiest 20 percent in the same age range...

Aug 07, 2012
Breastfeeding a must to save neonates

Himalayan News Service

...According to the Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2011, 70 per cent of Nepali children under six months are being exclusively breastfed and 98 per cent of children are ever breastfed. The median duration of any breastfeeding among children 0-35 months is 33.6 months while the median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is 4.2 months.

Aug 06, 2012
Tanzania More skilled midwives needed to guarantee safe delivery

Abdulwakil Saiboko

...It is, however, important to note that the 2004's Tanzania Demographic Health Survey shows that out of every 100,000 live births some 578 women die in labour or in complications related to childbirth. The number has now gone down to 454 [TDHS 2010]....

Aug 02, 2012
Alcohol fueled violence a growing concern in East Timor


...The most recent [Timor-Leste] demographic survey by the Ministry of Health in 2010 did not track alcohol or drug consumption, but found alcohol was a significant factor in domestic violence. Of the women who experienced domestic violence, 60 percent said their husbands "get drunk very often," compared to 26 percent who said their husbands did not drink alcohol at all...

Aug 01, 2012
Pneumonoccal vaccine launched in Zimbabwe

Elizabeth B. Mupfumira

...According to the 2010-11 Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey, the country's under-5 mortality rate is 84 deaths per 1,000 live births. Most of these children die of preventable diseases...