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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.

Nov 03, 2014
FP2020 Progress Report

Family Planning 2020

In the two years since the London Summit, FP2020 has made remarkable progress. The first year was a period of formation; the second has been one of growing momentum and measurable results. In this second annual progress report we document the advances made over the past year, including additional commitments from countries, increased disbursements from donors, and progress across multiple sectors. The measurement systems established to track progress are now yielding the first set of annual results.

Oct 16, 2014
UN Further Refines Population Projections: 80 Percent Probability of 10-12 Billion People by 2100

Elizabeth Leahy Madsen

"...New Demographic and Health Survey results for Nigeria, although estimating a slightly lower current fertility rate of 5.5 children per woman, indicate that the rate has dropped by just 0.2 children per woman in 10 years, and that family planning use has been stagnant for five..."

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..."