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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.

Nov 18, 2014
Burundi - The Hungriest Country in the World? A Review of the Indicators

Diane Uwimana

"...The IFPRI combines three equally weighted indicators: the proportion of people who are undernourished, the proportion of children under five who are underweight, and the mortality rate of children under five. With a food consumption of 1600 Kcal per person per day, Burundi is the lowest consumer of the sub region. Micronutrient deficiencies constitute a real public health risk in Burundi. According to the most recent health demographic survey (EDS 2010) 45% of children younger than five years have anaemia..."

Nov 16, 2014
Fighting Female Genital Cutting

Mona Eltahawy

"...Egyptian government figures put the rate of female genital cutting among women ages 15 to 49 at 91 percent. Among teenagers 15 to 17, it is 74 percent. Unicef estimates that of the 125 million women worldwide who have undergone genital cutting in the 29 countries where it is most prevalent —mostly in Africa and the Middle East —one in five lives in Egypt..."

Nov 07, 2014
USAID, Batey Relief Alliance launch Food Aid Program for the poor


(Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)According to a recently-published National Demographic and Health survey (ENDESA) 2013, 7 percent of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition, and 2 percent have stunted growth in severe condition as compared to the standard of World Health Organization (WHO). Likewise, a decrease of stunting of three per cent was recorded below that found 6 years ago, though severe malnutrition showed no change. Acute malnutrition of the population under five years remained at 2 per cent, similar to that found in (ENDESA) 2007 figures.

Nov 03, 2014
FP2020 Progress Report

Family Planning 2020

In the two years since the London Summit, FP2020 has made remarkable progress. The first year was a period of formation; the second has been one of growing momentum and measurable results. In this second annual progress report we document the advances made over the past year, including additional commitments from countries, increased disbursements from donors, and progress across multiple sectors. The measurement systems established to track progress are now yielding the first set of annual results.

Oct 16, 2014
UN Further Refines Population Projections: 80 Percent Probability of 10-12 Billion People by 2100

Elizabeth Leahy Madsen

"...New Demographic and Health Survey results for Nigeria, although estimating a slightly lower current fertility rate of 5.5 children per woman, indicate that the rate has dropped by just 0.2 children per woman in 10 years, and that family planning use has been stagnant for five..."