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 28, 2013
Unintended pregnancy and abortion in Uganda


"...In 2008, an estimated 1.2 million unintended pregnancies occurred in Uganda, representing more than half of the country's 2.2 million pregnancies. Such unintended pregnancies result in two main outcomes—unplanned births and abortion. According to the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey, more than four in 10 births (43%) are unplanned. The proportion of births that are unplanned is higher among rural, poor and less educated women than among their urban, wealthier and better educated counterparts. Additionally, women in the Eastern and North regions had the highest proportions of unplanned births (50–54%), while the proportions among women living in Karamoja, Kampala and the Central 1 and Southwest regions were lower (12–37%) than the national average...."

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