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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.

Feb 02, 2017
Born with HIV pregnant at 16 and raped at 17

Theresia Tjihenuna
THE NAMIBIAN (Windhoek, Namibia)

"Minister of health Bernard Haufiku said Namibia remains one of the hardest-hit countries in sub-Saharan Africa with adult HIV prevalence of 14%, according to the 2013 Namibia Demographic Health Survey..."

Jan 30, 2017
Despite High Death Rates Women in Zimbabwe Skip Cervical Cancer Tests

Rumbi Chakamba

"...in Zimbabwe, where the 2015 Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey revealed that although nationally 79 percent of women had heard of cervical cancer, only 13 percent of them have had a test to screen for the disease..."

Jan 03, 2017
India Sees Improved Sex Ratio Decline In Infant Mortality Rate

HUFFINGTON POST (New Delhi, India)

"The National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4) for 2015-16 unveiled by the Health Ministry was conducted after collecting information from 6 lakh households, 7 lakh women and 1.3 lakh men, and for the first time provide district level estimates..."

Oct 22, 2016
Lagos partners group in the fight against domestic violence

"...the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) noted that domestic violence cuts across all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds as nearly 3 in 10 Nigerian women have experienced physical violence since age 15, and 1 in 4 married women experiences physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by the husband..."

Oct 11, 2016
Harnessing the Power of Data for Girls: Taking stock and looking ahead to 2030
Yves Willemot
RELIEFWEB (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

"...The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS 2013-2014) shows that 43% of women are married before the age of 18 and 27% of girls aged between 15 and 19 are pregnant. Among women currently aged 25-49, 24% had already had sexual relations before the age of 15 and 65% before the age of 18..."