DHS in the News - COVID-19

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 18, 2020
During pandemic, some Ugandan Catholic women consider using birth control

Tonny Onyulo
CRUX (Uganda)

"...Uganda has an average fertility rate of five children per woman. The rate of contraceptive use is 31 percent, while 19 percent of women 15 to 49 do not want to get pregnant but have no access to family planning, according to the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey..."

https://cruxnow.com/church-in-africa/2020/11/during-pandemic-some-ugandan-catholic-women-consider-using-birth-control/
Nov 11, 2020
Glimmer of hope?

Huma Khawar
DAWN (Pakistan)

"...Today, Pakistani children have access to two pneumonia-fighting vaccines included in the essential immunisation list; like the other vaccines, they are administered free of cost. Despite this incentive, only 55 per cent of children complete their essential vaccination course in [Khyber Pakhtunkhwa], according to the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey, 2017-2018..."

https://www.dawn.com/news/1589723
Nov 06, 2020
Kaduna loses 124 children to malnutrition in 9 months

PULSE (Nigeria)

"...The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS 2018) puts the number of Moderate Acute Malnourished (MAM) children under five years in the state at 4.8 per cent..."

https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/kaduna-loses-124-children-to-malnutrition-in-9-months/ppc46qe
Oct 27, 2020
Wasting, stunting of children in Lagos worrisome, says CS-SUNN

Chioma Obinna
VANGUARD (Nigeria)

"...With the outbreak of COVID-19 worsening nutrition situation across the world, Coalitions of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria have raised the alarm over malnutrition challenges in the country, particularly, in Lagos state where 6.6 percent of under-five children are wasted and 17.3 percent are stunted, according to the 2018 National Demographic Health Survey, NDHS..."

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/10/wasting-stunting-of-children-in-lagos-worrisome-cs-sunn/
Oct 23, 2020
Kenya faces a surge in FGM as schoolgirls stay home due to coronavirus lockdowns

Mike Mwenda
LIFE GATE (Kenya)

"...According to a Kenyan Demographic and Health Survey report, the national prevalence of FGM among women and girls aged 15-49 years has gradually declined from 32 per cent in 2003, 27 per cent in 2008-2009 and 21 per cent to 2014. However, experts say the decline needs to be sustained and accelerated by focusing especially on communities where prevalence is still high. Furthermore, the report shows how the proportion of women who have undergone cutting varies by ethnic group, with most women in the Somali (94 per cent), Samburu (86 per cent), Kisii (84 per cent) and Maasai (78 per cent) communities being circumcised..."

https://www.lifegate.com/kenya-fgm-coronavirus