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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.

Jun 25, 2015
Female genital mutilation: Why Egyptian girls fear the summer

Nick Thompson

...Ninety-two percent of married Egyptian women aged 15 to 49 have been subjected to FGM, according to a government report released in May. That figure is down from 97% in 2000, but the practice is still the norm here...

Jun 18, 2015
Kenyas net gains on malaria prevention threatened by climate change

Murithi Mutiga

"...In Kenya, child mortality fell by about 8% annually from 2005 on, with infant mortality declining from 52 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2008/9 to 39 in 1,000 in 2014. The under-five mortality rate fell from 74 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2008/9 to 52 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2014..."

Jun 12, 2015
Tobacco control advocates demand higher tax on low priced cigarettes


"...Iqbal said the FED is believed to be a tax on items that the government wants to discourage because of their injurious impact on health. 'The government should raise taxes on most commonly used cigarettes to ensure people's health and well-being. According to Pakistan Demographic Health Survey (PDHS 2012-13), 28% of men and 1% women smoke cigarettes. Out of which, more than 70% people smoke ten or more cigarettes daily. Raising taxes on cigarettes would lead to discourage people from smoking,' he concluded."

Jun 06, 2015
The too fertile crescent


"Population growth in the Middle East, though higher than everywhere but sub-Saharan Africa, has been slowing thanks to falling fertility rates, the measure used by demographers for the number of children a woman is likely to have. But after 50 years of decline, the fertility rate in Egypt, the region's most populous nation, is now back up to 3.5. That is lower than in Iraq and Yemen where it is over four, but above Saudi Arabia and Iran, which with 77m has the second-largest number of people in the region. Since infant mortality is falling and life expectancy increasing, the population will surely start growing faster..."  http://econ.st/1ICnEuS
May 15, 2015
World Health Statistics 2015

World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland)

"World Health Statistics 2015 contains WHO’s annual compilation of health-related data for its 194 Member States, and includes a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. WHO presents World Health Statistics 2015 as an integral part of its ongoing efforts to provide enhanced access to comparable high-quality statistics on core measures of population health and national health systems."