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 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...

Sep 03, 2011
More women in EA delaying sex - marriage as schooling chances improve

Christine Mungai

It's a fact most of us are familiar with through intuition or anecdotes — the longer a girl stays in school, the longer she is likely to delay marriage, and the fewer children she is likely to have.

But East Africa's demographic and health surveys give empirical evidence and lend credence to this belief — that education is the number one factor that will influence when a woman gets married and when she starts having children.....

Jul 27, 2011
Kenya sanitation drive ranked among the best in Africa

Immaculate Karambu

....According to the 2008/09 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey report, less than a quarter of Kenyan households used an improved toilet which is used by