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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.

Aug 14, 2014
Generation 2030 Africa

High-fertility rates and rising numbers of women of reproductive age mean that given current trends, over the next 35 years nearly 2 billion babies will be born in Africa, the continent’s population will double in size, and its under-18 population will increase by two thirds, to almost a billion children. National action plans must adapt to these demographic shifts. Generation 2030 | Africa calls specifically for expanded access to reproductive health services, girls’ education and empowerment, and stronger civil registration and vital statistics systems.

Aug 12, 2014
Melinda Gates boosts fight against violence

Pascal Kwesiga and Nicholas Wassajja

"...According to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2011, 56% of women between the ages of 15 to 49 experience physical violence while 28% face sexual violence every year..."

Aug 11, 2014
Kenya's breastfeeding rates still low

Maryanne Wanyama
THE STAR (Kenya)

"...Data from the 2003 Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) showed that the exclusive breastfeeding rates in the country stood at 13 per cent, but which rose to 32 per cent in the 2008 survey. But despite of this achievement, health experts continue to decry the low number of women exclusively breastfeeding their babies..."

Aug 11, 2014
Zero tolerance for violence against women in Nepal

Sadhana Shrestha
THE WIP (Nepal)

"...But the stories in the news just touch on the surface of the problem since these crimes are often under-reported. The Nepal Demographic and Health Survey of 2011 found that more than one in five women aged 15-49 years (22%) had experienced physical violence at some point. 1473 cases of Violence Against Women has been recorded by Women Rehabilitation Center (WOREC) from January to December 2012;3048 cases of Violence Against Women and children and 178 cases of female murder was recorded by INSEC in 2013..."

Aug 08, 2014
The youngest are hungriest

Seema Jayachandran and Rohini Pande

"...Last year, we conducted a study that used demographic and health surveys for India and 25 sub-Saharan African countries to compare heights by age in a sample of more than 174,000 children under 5. Like other researchers, we found an India-Africa height gap. Unlike other researchers, we examined how this varied by birth order within the family..."