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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.

May 16, 2017
Govts quest to improve Namibias sanitation

Staff Contributor
NEW ERA (Namibia)

"According to the Namibia Demographic and Health Survey report of 2013, 24 percent of Namibian children under the age of five have stunted growth and this negatively affects their cognitive development..."

May 16, 2017
City researchers online petition on Csection delivery makes an impact

Dishna Shetty
DAILY NEWS INDIA (Mumbai, India)

The latest National Family and Health Survey-4 shows that around 44.8 per cent of the deliveries in the urban areas that take place in the private sector are done via C-section. 

May 16, 2017
Reducing Teenage Pregnancy and Improving Food and Health in Zambia

THE WORLD BANK (Lusaka, Zambia)

"According to the demographic and health survey (2013-2014) 29% of girls age 15 to 19 in Zambia are either mothers already or pregnant with their first child. Teenage pregnancy is much higher in rural areas (36%) than in urban areas (20%). Zambia’s North-Western Province has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy (41%), followed by Western Province (40.4%). Its lowest rates are in the more industrialized Copper Belt, where teen pregnancy stands at 16%..."

May 04, 2017
Fidson calls for preventive action against malaria


"The company made this call, following the 2015 Nigeria Malaria Indicator Survey reports by the National Malaria Elimination Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, which estimated that about 110 million clinically diagnosed cases of malaria and nearly 300,000 malaria-related childhood deaths occur each year..."

Apr 28, 2017
Women urged to practice exclusive breast feeding

Philip Tengzu, GNA

"...the 2014 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) report indicated that the rate of exclusive breast feeding was as low as 52 per cent which according to him was not the best..."