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.

Oct 19, 2020
An Earthquake, an Orphanage, and New Beginnings for Haitian Children in America

Catherine Porter and Serge F. Kovaleski (New York Times, New York)

"...they also recalled stretches of hunger and corporal punishment — which although outlawed in Haiti is a common experience for 80 percent of the country’s children, according to Haiti’s 2016-17 national survey..."
Aug 08, 2020
Maximising the benefits of breastfeeding during COVID-19 pandemic

Cecilia Ologunagba (Naija 24/7 News, Nigeria)

"...according to the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey 2018, conducted by National Population Commission (NPC), 97 per cent of children are breastfed at one point or the other, but only 42 per cent are put to breast within one hour of birth. And the proportion of children 0 to 6 months who are exclusively breastfed is a mere 29 per cent..."
Aug 08, 2020
Safeguarding health and rights of women and girls

Roselyne Sachiti Features (The Herald, Zimbabwe)

"...The 2015, Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS) confirmed that violence against women is rife and affects all women, regardless of geographic location, wealth or education. At least 35 percent of women and girls, 15 to 49 years, have experienced some form of GBV at least once in their lifetime..."
Aug 08, 2020
Mitigating COVID-19 Threat To Adolescent Health

MOHAMMED IBRAHIM YABA (Daily Trust, Kaduna, Nigeria)

"...More than four in 10 women are married by age 18, says the country’s latest Demographic Health Survey. Among the 15-19-year-olds, one in five is already a mother or pregnant with her first child. And only 3.2% of married 15-19-year-olds use any method of contraception..."
Aug 07, 2020
How COVID-19 threatens Nigeria exclusive breastfeeding target

Ebuka Onyeji and Nike Adebowale (Premium Times Nigeria)

"...In 2013, the Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) put the country’s exclusive breastfeeding at 17 per cent. The rate was upped in the 2018 NDHS to 29 per cent. But the misinformation about COVID-19 has now been added to the mix of factors impeding exclusive breastfeeding..."