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.

Dec 31, 2021
Africa: Say What? Four claims that made us raise our eyebrows in 2021

Naledi Mashishi
AFRICA CHECK (South Africa)

"...This article is a yearly recap and links to the one listed above (by Madny Lombo and Cayley Clifford dated 2/25/2021): The first was Tanzania’s 2015/2016 Demographic and Health Survey which found 10% of girl between the ages of 15 to 19 who fell pregnant had some level of secondary education or higher..."

Dec 30, 2021
Gender activist on leading a movement to uproot GBV

Donah Mbabazi
THE NEW TIMES (Kigali, Rwanda)

"...According to the recently published Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey 2019-20 Final Report, on domestic violence, it’s reported that 46% of ever-married women and 18% of ever-married men have experienced spousal physical, sexual, or emotional violence. The prevalence of any spousal violence among ever married women increased from 40% in 2014-15 to 46% in 2019-20 but declined slightly from 20% to 18% among men over the same period..."

Dec 26, 2021
Because govt didn’t ask the girls, we did

Jane Borges
MID-DAY (India)

"...According to the recently released National Family Health Survey-5 data, 23.3 per cent of women (age 20-24 years) reported that they got married before the age of 18, a marginal decline from 27 per cent in 2015-16 (NFHS 4)..."

Dec 26, 2021
Food security enigma: Child malnutrition high, despite economic growth

Chetan Choithani

"...Recent data from India’s National Family Health Survey-5 (2019-21) shows that one-third of all children under five years of age are stunted (35.5%) and underweight (32.1%), and child nutrition levels barely improved from the last round of this survey done in 2015-16..."

Dec 21, 2021
Study finds impressive improvement in malaria testing rates at health facilities in Uganda


"...Similarly, the Uganda malaria indicator survey 2018/19 (population-based survey) indicated that children under five with a fever in the two weeks preceding the survey who had blood taken from a finger or heel for testing could go as high as 70 percent in some districts..."