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.

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 15, 2020
Global progress report on WASH in health care facilities: Fundamentals first

UNICEF (New York, USA)

"...Some of the most standardized data come from facility assessments supported by global programmes, such as the WHO-supported Service Availability and Readiness Assessments (SARA) or the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported Service Provision Assessments (SPA). Both the SARA and SPA surveys typically ask about the availability of different infection prevention and control items, including hand hygiene facilities, in different locations of the health care facility (Table). Usually, the items can be recorded as ‘observed’, ‘reported but not seen’ or ‘not available’..."

Dec 04, 2020
Stunting in Rwanda drops to 33 per cent

Julius Bizimungu

"...The Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey, the sixth of its kind, shows that stunting – chronic malnutrition – rates are still highest in poorest households and those in rural areas. The survey results showed that 36 per cent of children in rural areas were stunted compared to 20 per cent in urban areas. Stunting generally increases with age, peaking at 40 per cent among children aged 24-35 months, according to the study. [...] The survey, which attracted record participation and focused mainly on women and children, indicated that 1 per cent of children were wasted in 2020 compared to 2 per cent in 2015..."

Dec 03, 2020
Despite Having Highest Maternal Mortality in Africa, Nigeria's Situation Still Underreported - Report

Ebuka Onyeji

"...According to the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, 61 per cent of live births do not take place in a health facility..."

Nov 25, 2020
Time to tackle violence against women in Mali

Ornella Moderan

"...A 2018 National Institute of Statistics demographic and health survey showed that one in two Malian women aged 15 to 49 had suffered acts of physical or sexual violence. [...] The survey also found that 79% of women and 47% of men considered physical violence by a man against his female partner to be normal and justifiable..."