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 26, 2018
Vasectomies Slowly Gaining Acceptance in Kenya

Rael Ombuor

"A 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey indicated that contraceptive use in Kenya has contributed to a decrease in fertility rates, from 4.6 to 3.9 children per woman."

May 19, 2018
School dropout aggravates child marriage scenario

Ghasiram Panda
BIG WIRE (India)

"Around 27 % girl child is getting married before the legal age in India, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) – 4."

May 18, 2018
Enough of child maternal deaths

NEW TELEGRAPH (Lagos, Nigeria)

"Every day, 145 women of child-bearing age die while 576 maternal deaths occur per every 100,000 life birth in Nigeria every year, according to the 2013 Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS)."

May 18, 2018
Expanding family planning choices for women in the Philippines

UNFPA (Isabela, Philippines)

"In the Philippines, 49 per cent of unmarried, sexually active women and 17 per cent of married women have an unmet need for family planning, according to a 2017 demographic and health survey..."

May 17, 2018
Hungrier and indebted than ever before

NEW AGE (India)

"The data from the National Family Health Survey-4 conducted from January to December 2016 with a whopping sample size of 601,509 households brings the facts out like little else does. It found 35.7 per cent of children below five years were underweight, 38.4 per cent are stunted and 21 per cent are wasted."