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.

May 05, 2011
Bangladesh: Delay or prevent, your choice!

BDNEWS24 (Bangladesh)

...The latest Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) showed less than one in five family planning users choose a long-acting and permanent method, though there is high unmet need for delaying, spacing and limiting pregnancies.

It also showed that over 80 percent of people know about those methods.

"The campaign will help bridge the gap," he said...

May 04, 2011
Nepal: Midwives' role in reducing maternal and child mortality rates


...In Nepal, after a policy on skilled birth attendants was passed in 2006, the country has produced 2,268 skilled birth attendants. However, to meet the MDGs, an additional 3,000 must be trained, Karmacharya said. The latest figure from the Nepal Demographic and Health Survey shows that only 29 percent of childbirths are assisted by skilled birth attendants...

May 01, 2011
Kenya: Why living with an infected partner is not a death sentence

Michael Oriedo

...The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey of 2009 indicates that six percent of all cohabiting couples in Kenya are in a discordant relationship.

The survey puts Nairobi and Nyanza as having the highest number of people living in discordant unions, at 13 and 11 percent respectively...

Mar 17, 2011
Bangladesh: In search of a common denominator


...To account for the decade-long stagnation in the rate of fertility decline, in 2004 the UNFPA raised its 2050 population estimate by 25 million to 243 million. Bangladesh's most recent Demographic and Health Survey calls this "unduly pessimistic" (the government puts its estimate of the 2050 population at 218 million). Indeed, many demographers shared the government's criticism and believe that the UN's projection (243 million in 2050) was simply too high because it chose to project from 1991 census data instead of the latest data, from 2001...

Mar 10, 2011
Kenya: Level the playing field for women

Rob Macaire

...The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (2008-9) found that only 44 percent of babies were delivered in the presence of a health professional.

Most Kenyan women (57 percent) have their babies at home.

Often, when complications occur, this endangers their lives, and those of their babies.

Only 17 percent of mothers in North Eastern and 25 percent in Western province delivered their babies in health centres, according to the Demographic and Health Survey.

It seems unacceptable in the 21st century that for so many women, pregnancy and childbirth should still represent such risks...