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 02, 2015
Somm produces 58 midwives to fight maternal and newborn deaths
"...She said despite the gains made by the government in the health sector, maternal and child mortality remain what she referred to as intractably high, with 156 per 1,000 and 1165 per 100,000 live births, according to the 2013 Demographic and Health Survey by Statistic Sierra Leone. These poor health indicators, she said are as a result of a range of implementation challenges including the critical shortage of health workers that the country is currently facing, pointing out only 288 midwives with 48 percent serving in Freetown from the UNFPA 2014 Draft Midwifery mapping..."
Oct 30, 2015
The agony of a woman enslaved by traditional myths
BARAKA 95.5 FM (MOMBASA, KENYA)
"...According to Kenya Demographic and Health Survey of 2014, 38 percent of married women in Coast region are using modern method of contraception being below of the national percentage which is at 53 percent..."
Oct 26, 2015
Hunger in regional food basket
THE INDEPENDENT (KAMPALA, UGANDA)
"...In food stressed Karamoja, people have been reported to be dying of starvation. The region is home to an estimated 1.2 million people living in the districts of Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripirit and Napak. The region is prone to climate shocks such as long dry spells and floods. The Uganda Demographic and Health survey, 2011 shows that in Karamoja, wasting (low weight for height) is at 7.1% whereas stunting is at 45%. At the national level, stunting stands at 33%..."
Oct 23, 2015
To save the lives of babies and mothers ask for advice from Peru
NPR (WASHINGTON, DC)
"The developing world can take a lesson from Peru. In 1995, 43 out of every 1,000 Peruvian babies died before they reached their first birthday. In 2015, the number of infant deaths in Peru is expected to drop to 13 per 1,000 births. And in 1995, 220 of their mothers died of pregnancy complications for every 100,000 births. In 2013, the number of maternal deaths for every 100,000 births dropped to 89, according to World Bank statistics and a new World Health Organization report released this week: Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival..." http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/10/23/451113835/to-save-the-lives-of-babies-and-mothers-ask-for-advice-from-peru?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social
Oct 22, 2015
The breast milk elixir
THE NEW YORK TIMES (NEW YORK, US)
"...Exclusive breast-feeding for six months, as strongly recommended by the World Health Organization, is practiced by just 46 percent of women in India, 17 percent in Nigeria, and 10 percent in Yemen, according to the latest Global Nutrition Report. (In the U.S., the figure is about 22 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)..."