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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.

May 15, 2013
World Health Statistics 2013

World Health Organization

"World Health Statistics 2013 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. This year, it also includes highlight summaries on the topics of reducing the gaps between the world's most-advantaged and least-advantaged countries, and on current trends in official development assistance (ODA) for health."

May 08, 2013
UN calls for new strategy to tackle violence against women

Evaline Namuwaya

"...According to the Demographic Health Survey 2010, 56 per cent of women aged 15 to 49 years reported that they experienced physical or sexual violence at least once in their life time..."

May 07, 2013
Why should we care about measuring coverage of maternal newborn and child health interventions

PLOS Blogs

"...Countdown also drew new attention to how we were actually measuring coverage, and the indicators we were using. Almost all coverage data for MNCH interventions come from one of two global survey programs: the USAID-supported Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), and the UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS). Without these two crucial programs, most governments and their partners would have no data on coverage for their health intervention programs. But close scrutiny of these survey programs revealed aspects of coverage measurement through household surveys that could be improved..."

Apr 30, 2013
PRB The worlds youth 2013 data sheet

Population Reference Bureau

"Girls and boys in developing countries are enrolling in secondary school in greater numbers than ever before, giving them knowledge and skills for healthy, productive lives. While this is good news, many young people still face challenges to employment, and they must also navigate serious risks to their health, such as smoking, early marriage and childbearing, or having unprotected sex.

The World's Youth 2013 Data Sheet provides a comprehensive portrait of the well-being of youth ages 10 to 24 across the globe, including such indicators as the current and projected size of youth populations, educational enrollments, labor force participation, marriage and fertility, and health risks and behaviors."

Apr 29, 2013
Why women in some countries still say domestic violence is okay

Max Fisher

"A new study in the American Sociological Review, by Rachael S. Pierotti of the University of Michigan, looks at the attitudes of women in 26 different countries toward intimate partner violence. The findings, which could be potentially quite important for curbing domestic violence, suggest that global cultural attitudes increasingly reject it, and that women who are exposed to these ideas are more likely to adopt them..."