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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.

Mar 31, 2017
NFHS4 survey reveals women more empowered socially financially than in NFHS3 estimate

WEB INDIA123 (New Delhi, India)

"The fourth National Family Health Survey 2015-16 reveals a strong wave of women empowerment indicators for female health, literacy, financial means and age of marriage in comparison to NFHS-3(2005-06) estimates, the Lok Sabha was informed today.In a written reply, Health and Family Welfare Minister Faggan Singh Kulaste said according to NFHS-3 estimates, 55.1 per cent women aged 15-49 were literate that increased to 68.4 per cent in NFHS-4 data..."

Mar 24, 2017
World Tuberculosis Day 2017 India still has 24 per cent of worlds TB cases

Express Web Desk
INDIAN EXPRESS (New Delhi, India)

" In India, 39 per cent of the children have stunted growth (low height for weight) while 21 per cent are wasted (low weight for height) and 36 per cent are underweight, according to National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 4..."

Mar 24, 2017
Malawi Government urged to do more on maternal death and safe motherhood

Tenson Zobo

"Kachale noted that the recent demographic health survey for 2015 on maternal health findings, show that there is improvements on indicators for maternal and newborns health. For instance, she said newborn deaths in 2010 were at 31% as opposed to now 21% though Malawi failed to meet Millennium Development Goals..."

Mar 22, 2017
In JK private hospitals 3 out of 4 births happen through caesarean operation

Zehru Nissa
GREATER KASHMIR (Srinagar, India)

"Three out of every four deliveries in private hospitals across Jammu and Kashmir are carried out by performing a cesarean operation , as per the National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS 4), raising concerns about “unusually high” incidence of CS births in the private hospitals..."

Mar 21, 2017
Eight percent of men in the 15 to 49 years age group have high blood sugar levels


"'The Health Ministry through the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai, has conducted National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS-4) 2015-16.' As per the survey, in the age group of 15-49 years, 8 per cent of men and 5.8 per cent of women in India have high random blood sugar levels and 13.6 per cent men and 8.8 per cent women are hypertensive," Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha..."