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 29, 2009
Go forth and multiply a lot less: Lower fertility is changing the world for the better


..A surprising amount is known about how many children parents want, thanks to a series of surveys by the Demographic and Health Surveys programme. The picture it paints is of huge numbers of unplanned pregnancies. In Brazil, for example, the wanted fertility rate in 1996 (the most recent year available) was 1.8; the actual fertility rate then was 2.5. In India the wanted rate in 2006 was 1.9, the actual one, 2.7. In Ghana the figures for 2003 were 3.7 and 4.4. The rule seems to be that women want one child fewer than they are having (except in some rich countries, where they say they want more)...

Aug 06, 2009
Philippines: DOH urges moms to breastfeed their babies

Sheila Crisostomo

...The Department of Health (DOH) will beef up its campaign for breastfeeding amid the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) that only 50 percent of Filipino mothers are exclusively breastfeeding their newborns...

Jul 31, 2009
Breastfeeding is a grey area for Ugandan mothers

Lydia Namubiru

Breastfeeding is nearly universal in Uganda. As established by the 2006 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, 98% of the babies born benefit from breastfeeding at some time...

Jul 17, 2009
Uganda: Women press for domestic violence bill

Evelyn Matsamura Kiapi

...Sixty-eight percent of women in Uganda have experienced some form of domestic violence according to the country's 2006 National Demographic and Health Survey. In Uganda, these women - and those worst affected are disproportionately poor, poorly-educated and disadvantaged - are unable to rely on the state to protect them from harm from intimate partners. There is neither a law nor a legal definition of domestic violence...

Sep 30, 2008
Rwanda: Meeting the Millennium Development Goals


...The 2005 Demographic and Health Survey shows that HIV/AIDS infection rates have declined dramatically, that the number of treated cases has increased dramatically and that Rwanda is one of the few countries in Africa likely to reach universal treatment. Rwanda is on track to achieve the targeted reduction in malaria ­incidence...