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.
Jun 29, 2016
Gov’t commits to end child marriages
NEW VISION (Kampala, Uganda)
"...According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, one in four girls aged 15 to 19 is pregnant or has had a child. "Each pregnancy poses great risks to a girl. It endangers her health. It takes psychological toll on her. Very often it forces her to leave school," she said. Statistics further show that 50% of married women and those in union get married before their 18th birthday..."
Jun 28, 2016
Addressing malnutrition to improve national health
CAPITAL FM (Nairobi, Kenya)
"...Much of this is based on the declining rates of stunting, wasting and underweight reported in the latest Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) 2014. The Survey indicates that more than a quarter (26pc) of the children below five years are stunted down from 35pc in the 2008-09 KDHS, 11pc are underweight down from 16pc, and 4pc are wasted down from 7pc..."
Jun 24, 2016
Afghan babies have been dying in huge numbers for decades. Now, something is changing.
THE WASHINGTON POST (Washington, DC)
"...In a few isolated provinces the mortality rate is still high, but a recent Afghan government survey found that between 2001 and 2015, the nationwide mortality rate for all infants had fallen from 66 to 45 deaths per 1,000 live births, and from 87 to 55 deaths per 1,000 for all children under 5 years old..."
Jun 23, 2016
Africa's Business and Professional Women in a campaign to end child marriage
THE NEW VISION (Kampala, Uganda)
"The Uganda Demographic and Health Survey report of 2011 states that 49 percent of women aged 20-49 years were married before the age of 18 and 15 percent by the age of 15 years, while 9 percent of males were married by the age of 18."
Jun 15, 2016
Poor nutrition worsens cases of lifestyle diseases, Health CS Mailu says
THE STAR (Nairobi, Kenya)
"...The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (2014), indicates that 26 per cent of children under 5 are stunted while 11 per cent are underweight.It also says 4 per cent of the children are wasted..."