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.

Mar 08, 2021
Leading Global Organizations Invest in Community-Level Data to Advance Gender Equality

Rachael Mandell

"...In collaboration with Facebook's Project 17, Fraym explored the use of the Facebook Survey on Gender Equality at Home and high-resolution population data to test the hypothesis that spatial gender disparities exist—and that they are not being captured by traditional data collection and analysis methods. To do this, Fraym analysts reviewed a database of over 100 spatially precise community level indicators produced from secondary data sources like the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) to identify the most comparable measure of food security that could be sex-disaggregated and selected child undernutrition to weight Facebook's national statistics on food security..."

Feb 25, 2021
Global charity patches together stat about African teen lockdown pregnancies

Mandy Lombo and Cayley Clifford
AFRICA CHECK (Johannesburg, South Africa)

"...World Vision told Africa Check it used two statistics to calculate the figure. The first was on pregnancies in women aged 15 to 19 from the 2015/16 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey. It showed that 10% of these were among young women with some level of secondary education or higher. This figure was used as a 'regional proxy' to represent the situation across sub-Saharan Africa..."

Feb 22, 2021
1.15 Million Children, 122,472 communities, 57 countries, 30 years: New dataset combines Demographic and Health Surveys with geographic information systems

Zhe Guo, Wahid Quabili, Liangzhi You, and Derek Headey
IFPRI BLOG (Washington, DC, USA)

"...To close these data gaps, the Advancing Research on Nutrition and Agriculture (ARENA) project—funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the IFPRI-led CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH)—constructed a large multi-level, multi-country dataset combining individual and household level nutrition, health, and socioeconomic data from the Demographic and Health Surveys with a wide variety of community-level geographic information systems (GIS) data on agricultural production, agroecology, climate, demography, and infrastructure..."

Feb 21, 2021
OPINION: FGM is a serious cultural, health problem that must be stopped

Alvin Mwangi
CITIZEN DIGITAL (Nairobi, Kenya)

"...According to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) 2014, 21% of girls and women aged 15-49 have been circumcised..."

Feb 18, 2021
Adequate spacing between births may reduce stunting in India

NATIONAL HERALD (New Delhi, India)

"...Using data from the fourth round of the Indian Demographic and Health Survey, the team confirmed that birth order affects height when births occur less than three years apart, with height gap increasing between later-born children..."