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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.

Oct 16, 2014
Birth rate drops in Bangladesh

Porimol Palma
THE DAILY STAR (Bangladesh)

According to the Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey 2011 (BDHS-2011), the total fertility rate in Bangladesh is 2.3, a significant decline from 6.3 in 1975.AdvertisementUbaidur Rob, country director of the international NGO, Population Council, thinks Bangladesh is very close to the replacement level.

Oct 16, 2014
Limited support for key populations undermines Ugandan HIV control

IRIN NEWS (Kampala, Uganda)

"...In Uganda, the national HIV prevalence rate is 7.3 percent, a rise from 6.4 percent over the past five years. This is compared to the estimated prevalence rates of 15-40 percent in fishing communities, 37 percent among sex workers, 18 percent in the partners of sex workers, 13 percent in MSM, and 18.2 percent among men in the uniformed services..."

Oct 14, 2014
Talking about gender

EKANTIPUR (Kathmandu, Nepal)

"...But take, for example, the disturbing issue of violence against women. According to the Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2011, a third of married women have experienced some form of spousal violence, 22 percent of all women have experienced physical violence, and 12 percent of women have experienced sexual violence. But when all we notice in statistics like these is the word 'women', we miss the point. The statistics also show that the vast majority of perpetrators are men and that right there signals a men's issue rather than a women's issue..."

Oct 07, 2014
Teenage Pregnancy in Nigeria: Facts and Truth

Let Girls Lead

"...To illustrate how serious the situation of early pregnancy is in Nigeria, I took a look at the recently published "Demographic and Health Survey 2013." In Nigeria, an estimated 23 percent of women aged 15-19 years have begun childbearing, of which 17 percent have had their first child and 5 percent are pregnant with their first child. Also, 32 percent of teenagers in rural areas have begun childbearing, as opposed to 10 percent in the urban areas of Nigeria. The report shows disparities within the geopolitical zones as follows: Northwest (36 percent);Northeast (32 percent);North Central (19 percent);South Central (12 percent);South East (8 percent );and South West (8 percent)..."

Sep 16, 2014
Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2014

UNICEF (New York)

Recent estimates show that the number of under-five deaths worldwide has declined by half since 1990, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million today. Yet, 17,000 children under age five still die every day in 2013.