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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.

Jul 17, 2015
Family planning and education pay


"...By the age of 19, 60% of girls have started having children. Fifteen per cent of married women aged 20 to 29, according to the 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey report, were married by 15 years, while 49% were married by 18 years. The contraceptive prevalence rate (proportion of married women of reproductive age using at least one contraceptive method) is only 26% for modern methods and 4% for traditional methods. This is after over 50 years of availability of modern contraception services in the country..."

Jul 03, 2015
Can female genital mutilation come to an end in Egypt by 2030


"...Another element that needs to be discussed is male dominance and the need to control women and their bodies. It’s a popular perception accepted by both men and women that women need to be tamed and restrained. In a study conducted by the Egyptian Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS) done in 2014, data show that 21.4 percent of girls under the age of 19 have gone through FGM while 34.9 percent of mothers intend to circumcise daughters..."

Jun 30, 2015
Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water 2015 Assessment and MDG update

UNICEF and WHO (Geneva, Switzerland)

"Looking back on 25 years of water, sanitation and hygiene monitoring, the report provides a comprehensive assessment of progress since 1990. The MDG target for drinking water was achieved in 2010 but the world has missed the sanitation target by almost 700 million people. In 2015, 663 million people still lack improved drinking water sources, 2.4 billion lack improved sanitation facilities and 946 million still practice open defecation."

Jun 29, 2015
Attention au paludisme en ce temps de pluies-dormir sous la moustiquaire

Pao Gadiel

...Les résultats de la troisième Enquête Démographique et de Santé au Togo (EDST) montrent que la prévalence du paludisme est beaucoup plus élevée en milieu rural 47% qu'en milieu urbain (15%). C'est dans l'agglomération de Lomé que la prévalence du paludisme est la plus faible (8%) et c'est dans les régions de la Kara et des Plateaux (52% chacune) qu'elle est plus élevée.

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


"...Of the more than 125 million girls and women alive today who have undergone the procedure, one in four live in Egypt. That's more than any other country in the world, according to the U.N. 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..."