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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.

Nov 09, 2015
Nepal acknowledges urgent need to eliminate child marriage and violence against women and girls at the Human Rights Council
CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS (KATHMANDU, NEPAL)

"...The letter also notes how child marriage exposes young girls to physical and sexual violence, including early and forced initiation into sex and marital rape. According to the 2011 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), 47% of women who first had sex before the age of 15 years and 28.6% of women who first had sex between the ages of 15-19 stated that their initial experience of sexual intercourse was forced and against their will—with the majority of these cases having occurred within marriage. Husbands are reportedly the perpetrators of sexual violence in nearly 90% of sexual abuse cases in Nepal..."

  http://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/nepal-acknowledges-urgent-need-to-eliminate-child-marriage-and-violence-against-women
Nov 06, 2015
Cambodia marks second national nutrition day
KHAN SOPHIROM
AKP (PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA)

"...'Even though many measures have been introduced to promote breastfeeding, the rate of breastfeeding in Cambodia has fallen remarkably over the last few years. The 2014 Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey showed that exclusive breastfeeding for infants 0 to 6 months old declined from 73.5 percent in 2010 to 65.0 percent in 2014. Further, continued breastfeeding of infants 12 to 15 months old also decreased,' he added..."

  http://www.akp.gov.kh/?p=71523
Nov 05, 2015
I didnt know I could become pregnant after having sex for the first time
MARY WANJIKU MWANGI
THE GUARDIAN (LONDON, ENGLAND)

"...In Kenya, more than a quarter of girls have given birth or are pregnant by their 18th birthday. And globally, there are 33 million young women between the ages of 15 and 24 who would like to use contraceptives, but don’t have access [data from surveys in 61 countries]..."

  http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/nov/05/sexual-health-young-people-international-conference-family-planning-bali?CMP=share_btn_tw
Nov 05, 2015
Bangladesh can become a beacon for rapid malnutrition reduction if it chooses to
LAWRENCE HADDAD
DEVELOPMENT HORIZONS (BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM)

"...Second, the coverage of nutrition relevant programmes needs to increase. The 2014 National Demographic and Health Survey shows: only 23% of infants are fed appropriately; the percent of babies under 6 month of age that are being exclusively breastfed is actually declining; 38% of children under 5 did not receive a vitamin A supplementation in the last 6 months; and less than half of all children with diarrhea receive zinc supplements. These programs and practices need to aim for 90% coverage..."

  http://www.developmenthorizons.com/2015/11/bangladesh-can-become-beacon-for-rapid.html
Nov 02, 2015
Strategic measures needed to curb teenage pregnancy

GERTRUDE ANKAH NYAVI
GRAPHIC ONLINE (ACCRA, GHANA)

"...According to the 2014 Demographic and Health Survey of Ghana, he said, 14 per cent of adolescent girls aged between 15 and 19 are either mothers or pregnant with their first child, indicating that the figure was substantial, with the percentage as high as 22 per cent in some regions..."


  http://graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/52550-strategic-measures-needed-to-curb-teenage-pregnancy.html