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.

Feb 09, 2021
Senator pushes for teenage pregnancy bill anew amid rise in pregnant teens

Franco Luna
THE PHILIPPINE STAR (Manila, Philippines)

"...The PSA’s 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey also reported that 9% of 4.9 million teenage women aged 15-19 have begun childbearing years..."

Feb 06, 2021
Tackling Egypt’s FGM problem means cracking down on doctors who mutilate girls

Brendan Wynne

"...At 27.2 million, Egypt has the highest number of women affected on the African continent – 87 per cent of women, aged between 15 and 49, according to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey. Drilling down further we can see there has been significant progress though between older and younger women: 97 per cent of those aged between 45 and 49 have been affected, compared with 70 percent of those aged between 15 and 19. Girls under 15 seem to be even less likely still to have undergone it. Nuances need to be considered too, such as the fact that girls are unlikely to be cut until they reach puberty – but below the age of 14, there is only a five per cent chance of a girl undergoing FGM if she is from a very wealthy family..."

Feb 04, 2021
Premature death of babies on the rise

THE DAILY STAR (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

"...Referring to the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS), speakers said data showed a declining trend in newborn death until 2014. But the last BDHS 2017-18 report showed that the rate has bounced back..."

Feb 03, 2021
The 2021 census risks failing again

Maholopa Laveil
DEVPOLICY BLOG (Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea)

"...Despite these problems, a recent achievement of the NSO was the completion of Demographic and Health Survey (DHS 2016-2018), funded by USAID and conducted in conjunction with National Department of Health, other PNG agencies, Australia’s aid program, the DHS program, UNFPA and UNICEF. Although it suffered some issues, including taking longer than usual, the 2018 DHS is an achievement: a large, nationally representative survey..."

Jan 31, 2021
Let’s raise our voice

Sachina Paudel
THE KATHMANDU POST (Kathmandu, Nepal)

"...Males are given priority from birth to old age due to the existing patriarchal culture whereas girls/women experience violence throughout their lives. According to the 2016 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey, 22 percent of Nepali women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence since age 15; 7 percent have experienced sexual violence, and 6 percent of the women who have ever been pregnant have experienced violence during pregnancy. Intimate partner violence in pregnancy also increases the likelihood of miscarriage, stillbirth, pre-term delivery and low birth weight babies..."