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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.

Dec 16, 2012
Landmark law crucial for womens health in Philippines

Human Rights Watch

"...Contraception use in the Philippines is low because of erratic implementation of reproductive and population programs over the decades. The United Nations Population Fund has said that only 21 percent of women in the Philippines use any modern method of contraception while nearly 70 percent use no contraception at all. A 2008 demographic and health survey found that 22 percent of married women in the Philippines have an unmet need for family planning..."

Dec 14, 2012
Five reasons malnutrition still kills in Nepal

IRIN PlusNews

"...Levels of wasting - acute malnutrition, or low weight-to-height ratio - hardly changed from 2006 to 2011, according to the Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2011 (DHS)..."

Dec 04, 2012
Exclusive breastfeeding on the rise in Kenya

IRIN PlusNews

"...The country's push for exclusive breastfeeding appears to be working; according to the 2009 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, 32 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed up to the age of six months, up from just 13 percent in 2003. Experts say the next survey, due in 2013, is likely to show even more growth..."

Dec 03, 2012
USAID MEASURE DHS data available in new mobile app

Val Zolyak

"...With the help of MEASURE DHS technology partner, Blue Raster, the DHS Mobile application was developed. MEASURE DHS mobile covers over ninety countries, including data on vaccination, childhood mortality, nutrition, HIV testing and prevalence, literacy rates, twenty other indicators. It displays trends within a single country through Quickstats, and allows users to compare and contrast the most common indicators through a series of tables, charts and maps. It also provides basic information about the individual surveys, such as sample size, timing, and topics included, and links to download the final reports, Key Findings, and fact sheets..."

Dec 03, 2012
Ugandan government launches massive AIDS campaign

Carol Natukunda

"...According to the 2011 national indicator survey, the HIV prevalence rate rose from 6.4% in 2005 to 7.3% among Ugandans aged 15- 49 years. There is evidence that more people, especially men, have multiple sexual partners..."