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.

Jan 08, 2021
Buhari assents Disability Bill, inaugurates National Commission for Persons with Disabilities

William Ukpe
NAIRAMETRICS (Lagos, Nigeria)

"...Data from the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey revealed that an estimated 7% of household members above the age of five (as well as 9% of those 60 or older) experience some level of difficulty in at least one functional domain — seeing, hearing, communication, cognition, walking, or self-care..."

Jan 08, 2021
Bill gives refuge to Nairobi gender violence victims

Collins Omulo
BUSINESS DAILY (Nairobi, Kenya)

"...The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey of 2014 found that 45 percent of women and girls aged 15 and above had experienced physical violence and 14 percent subjected to sexual violence..."

Jan 03, 2021
Recovering from the Great Fall of 2020

Amir Ullah Khan

"...The National Family Health Survey-4 had shown that 38% of children under five are stunted, 21% are wasted, 36% are underweight, and 2% are overweight. However, it had also shown remarkable improvement in these indicators over the decade since 2005. However, NFHS-5, released this year, shows that we have lost all the gains made previously. Stunting has gone up in 13 states and the number of underweight children in 16 of the 22 states surveyed. And we haven’t even heard from some of India’s worst-performing states on these indicators..."

Dec 21, 2020
The bid for harmless mosquitoes

Killiad Sinide

"...Data from the 2015 Kenya Malaria Indicator Survey also showed that 27 per cent of children younger than 15 years were found to be positive for malaria in the lake region of Kenya..."

Dec 17, 2020
The Nutritional Status of Nigerian Children: What needs to change

Chris Raiwe
THE NATION (Lagos, Nigeria)

"...The most recent National Demographic and Health Survey (2018) revealed that 37% of Nigerian children are stunted, 7% are wasted, while 22% are underweight. A good percentage of which are also experiencing multiple forms of malnutrition; both stunting and wasting simultaneously. This is a slight improvement from the National Demographic and health Survey 2013 but still makes for grim reading as Nigeria still ranks among the countries in the world with the highest cases of malnutrition among U-5 children..."