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 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 18, 2020
Using agent based modeling and telecom data to inform COVID-19 response

Sveta Milusheva, Sophie Ayling, George Joseph, Chenjerai Sisimayi, and Aivin Solatorio

"...Information on mobility dynamics can feed into decision making around how to control the spread of the virus. We developed an Agent Based Model (ABM) which simulates how the virus could spread across and between districts using census and DHS data to characterize individuals..."

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..."

Dec 17, 2020
Next Level Agenda in the journey towards UHC: Health for All Nigerians

Aloysius Ugwu and Michael Atima

"...Over the years the Nigerian health system has faced very poor health outcomes. Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate is 512 per 100,000 live births according to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, infant mortality rate is 67 per 1,000 live births and the under 5 mortality rate is 132 per 1,000 live births..."