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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 09, 2012
Newborn death risk increases with maternal obesity in sub Saharan Africa


...The new analysis is based on data from The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) from 27 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The researchers analysed over 81 000 pregnancies involving deliveries of single babies between 2003 and 2009 to assess the risk of neonatal death by a mother's body mass index (BMI)...

Aug 08, 2012
Ten percent of babies born in Namibia survive on plain water alone

Windhoek, Namibia

...The trend of exclusive breastfeeding has not changed significantly between 1992 and 2006, according to data from the 2006 Demographic & Health Survey. The survey found that at zero to two months old, 54% of infants were exclusively breastfed. At two to three months, 23% were exclusively breastfed and between four and six months, less than 6% of infants were still exclusively breastfeeding...

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]....