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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 16, 2015
In Sierra Leone a fine line between malaria and ebola symptoms
Cinnatus Dumbaya

"... Malaria might be one of the biggest killers in Sierra Leone, but it's also a regular occurrence. The 2013 World Malaria Report ranked Sierra Leone as the 5th most malaria-endemic country in the world. According to the Sierra Leone government’s own Malaria Indicator Survey in 2013, the disease was the leading cause of deaths in the country that year..." http://www.eboladeeply.org/articles/2015/02/7338/sierra-leone-fine-line-malaria-ebola-symptoms/
Feb 15, 2015
We were violated and forced to keep quiet
Ojoma Akor

"...The 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) indicates that violence against women is a common practice in Nigeria. According to the survey 'seven percent of Nigerian women age 15-49 have ever experienced sexual violence of which three percent have experienced sexual violence in the past 12 months. Women who are divorced, separated, or widowed are more likely to have ever experienced sexual violence (15%) than women who have never been married (8%) or are currently married (7%). Experience of sexual violence varies by zone, from 16% in North East Zone to 2% in North West Zone'..."  http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sunday/index.php/feature/19606-we-were-violated-and-forced-to-keep-quiet
Feb 13, 2015
Malawi floods devastation far worse than first thought

Clar Ni Chonghaile

“We are carefully monitoring how displaced children are faring, as we know, after one month in crowded camps, disease outbreaks and increased malnutrition can occur,” he said. About 47% of Malawi’s children are already stunted, which is caused by undernutrition, so they are particularly vulnerable.

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..."