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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.

Mar 19, 2015
Water sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities
WHO and UNICEF (Geneva, Switzerland)

"This report presents, for the first time, a global assessment of the extent to which health care facilities provide essential water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. Drawing on data representing 66,101 facilities in 54 low- and middle-income countries, the report concludes that 38% of facilities lack access even to rudimentary levels of WASH. When a higher level of service is factored in, the situation deteriorates significantly. Large disparities exist within countries and among types of facilities..."  http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/154588/1/9789241508476_eng.pdf?ua=1
Mar 17, 2015
How to end female genital mutilation in Egypt

Lucy Westcott

"...The country has the world’s highest rates of FGM: 91 percent of married women, according to Egypt’s 2008 Demographic and Health Survey (the last year for which data are available). Among younger and better-educated women living in urban areas, as well as those who never married, the rates drop—but only to around 81 percent. In Egypt, as in most of the countries in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia where FGM is performed, it’s a cultural tradition with roots going back centuries..."  http://www.newsweek.com/2015/03/27/how-end-female-genital-mutilation-egypt-314264.html
Feb 26, 2015
US push for abstinence in Africa is seen as failure against HIV
Donald G. McNeil Jr.

"...Originally called the World Fertility Surveys, they were begun in the 1970s. They were later subsumed into the large Demographic and Health Surveys, now paid for by the United States Agency for International Development, that document health behaviors in dozens of countries. Spending on abstinence and fidelity peaked in 2005 and began to drop after the Obama administration took office in 2009..." 
Feb 23, 2015
New push for maternal health

Sen David and Sarah Taguiam

"...In the recently released preliminary results of the 2014 Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey (CDHS), pregnancy-related deaths were recorded to have declined from 2.06 per 1,000 live births in 2010 to 1.70 in 2014. The major reason for this decrease, according to CDHS project manager and ICF International senior health specialist Dr Rathavuth Hong, is the significant improvement of national health services available to mothers..."

Feb 18, 2015
Malawi bans child marriage lifts minimum age to 18
Emma Batha
REUTERS (London)

"...Malawi has one of the world's highest rates of child marriage. Half of girls wed before their 18th birthday and nearly one in eight is married by 15..."    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/17/us-malawi-childmarriage-law-idUSKBN0LK1Z020150217