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.

Sep 20, 2021
Child marriage harms girls’ mental health


"...Highlighting a Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS), Mainul Islam said 73% of women between 20 and 24 years used to get married before they were 18 in 1993-94, which declined to 69% in 1996-97, and 65% in 1999-20. Later, the number dropped to 59% in 2014-15, but there has been no significant development since the last BDHS conducted in 2017-18..."

Sep 12, 2021
Sixteen, Pregnant and on a Precipice

Prudence Phiri
GLOBAL PRESS JOURNAL (Chinyunyu, Zambia)

"...The age of consent in Zambia is 16, while the age of adulthood is 18. Under the law, it’s illegal to 'marry or marry off a learner who is a child.' However, about 15% of girls and women ages 15 to 19 are married, according to the country’s 2018 Demographic and Health Survey. Among men and boys of the same age, only 1% are married..."

Sep 11, 2021
Why Every Nigerian Couple Should Plan Their Family

LEADERSHIP (Abuja, Nigeria)

"...The 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) showed that household wealth status impacts fertility rate in the country as females in the wealthier households had fewer children. The survey also revealed that an average Nigerian woman gives birth to 5.3 children, adding that, women in rural areas have an average of 5.9 children compared to 4.5 children among urban women. The report further showed that one in five teenage girls age between 15 and 19 are already mothers or pregnant with their first child. Rural teenage girls are three times more likely to have begun childbearing than urban teenage girls at a figure which is put at 27 percent versus eight percent..."

Sep 10, 2021
Study explores link between earthquakes, rainfall and food insecurity in Nepal

Amy Duke
SCIENCE DAILY (State College, PA, USA)

"...Working with Amir Sapkota, a professor of environmental epidemiology at the University of Maryland, Randell and a team of scientists examined data from the 2016 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey. This survey, which was distributed to women in about 11,000 households in 73 of Nepal's 75 districts, contained information on food security, geographic location and an array of household- and community-level variables..."

Sep 07, 2021
$1.4bn needed for treatment of FGM survivors globally, says UNICEF

Bola Bamigbola
THE PUNCH (Ogun, Nigeria)

"...'In the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, Osun had 77 per cent FGM prevalence rate and the first in Southwest. But in another survey in 2018, Osun moved from 77 per cent to 45.9 per cent and came second on the Southwest table. There is no doubt, the figure is still very high and that is why we are having this stakeholders' meeting on how to eradicate FGM in the state. The World Health Organisation news release of February 6, 2020 revealed that $1.4bn will be needed per year globally in treating FGM survivors'..."