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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 08, 2015
Nigeria elections mapping a nation divided
BBC News

"...The northern half of the country also has the lowest take-up of childhood vaccinations. In the north-western state of Sokoto, only 1.4% of children aged 12-23 months had received all their basic vaccinations, including BCG, measles, DPT and polio. According to the 2013 demographic and health survey, the country's nine most northerly states all have vaccination rates below 15%. Some northern groups have boycotted immunisation programmes in the past, saying they were a Western plot to make Muslim women infertile..."  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31101351
Jan 22, 2015
Low Access to Healthcare, Malawi Report Shows


"A 2013/2014 Malawi Service Provision Assessment (MSPA) report has shown that the majority of local health facilities face many challenges ranging to lack of basic amenities necessary for good quality care as four in 10 facilities do not have regular electricity and two thirds do not have a client latrine..."

Jan 20, 2015
Ebola worsens health system in Sierra Leone

AWOKO (Sierra Leone)

"...The 2013 Sierra Leone Demographic Health Survey report states that 28 percent of adolescent women aged 15 19 are already mothers or pregnant with their first child and 46 percent of adolescent women with no education have begun childbearing."One in every 11 children die before reaching age one, and one in every seven does not survive up to his or her fifth birthday," the 2013 Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey Key Findings states..."

Dec 19, 2014
'My rights were violated and I am scarred for life'

Lucy Murunga

"...According to the 2008/2009 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS), an estimated 39.7 per cent of girls and women in the larger Meru community had undergone FGC. However, the practice is even more widespread in pockets of Tharaka Nithi especially in Tharaka South and North and also in Chuka’s Igambang’ombe area..."

Dec 11, 2014
Pakistan’s Most Recent Demographic and Health Survey Reveals Slow Progress

Richard Cincotta

"A quick scan through the charts and graphs of Pakistan's most recent Demographic and Health Survey yields more than a few insights into the performance of the government's health policies and the public health and demographic challenges it will face in the future. How well did Islamabad measure up? Not well. The survey results are a disappointment for Pakistan's public health professionals and women's health advocates and warn of increasingly difficult conditions for rural service delivery. To some health program analysts, the results reflect the low priority given to public health and family planning for decades by Pakistan's central government..."