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.

Nov 16, 2011
Cambodia tries to curb foreign men seeking wives

Anthony Kuhn

....According to the 2005 Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey, which surveyed nearly 17,000 women across the country, 52 percent of Cambodian women said they did not participate at all in the choice of a husband; 27 percent married a man they had never seen before, or had just met within the past month....

Oct 30, 2011
Early marriage precludes education for young Nepalis

 Hanna Ingber

....Child marriage is extremely common in Nepal, which has a population of 30 million. The United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found that 51 percent of Nepalese married as children. Nepal's 2006 Demographic and Health Survey found that among Nepalese women age 20 to 49, 60 percent were married by the time they reached 18....

Oct 24, 2011
Population growth in Zambia - a view from the slums

Georgina Smith

....Mukuku has been born into a very young population – almost half of Zambia's people are under the age of fifteen. Data from the country's Demographic and Health Survey of 2007 – the most recent available – show that educating young people about family planning will be essential to bringing down fertility rates....

Oct 23, 2011
Short-term birth control methods popular in Africa

Christabel Ligami

....The long-term methods used in the study included the intrauterine devices, implants and sterilisation, usually used to limit childbearing while the short-term methods included pills, condoms, spermicides and injectables. Data from the Demographic and Health Survey for all women of reproductive age was obtained for the analysis....

....About 12 million women between the ages of 15 and 49 in sub-Saharan Africa, roughly 6 per cent of all women in that age group, said they used injectable hormones....

Sep 27, 2011
Ghana: First Lady urges MMDAs to address child and maternal mortality

Ghana News Agency

...Quoting from the 2008 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey, the First Lady noted that the use of modern contraceptive methods among married women decreased from 19 per cent to 17 per cent in the preceding five- year period.
This reduction translated into approximately 123,000 women of reproductive age in Ghana being at risk of unintended pregnancy...