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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.

Apr 03, 2012
Water being tested as diarrhoea rises

 BDNEWS24 (Bangladesh)

....With the scarcity of potable water and lack of hygiene practices, diarrhoea is quite common in Bangladesh around this time of the year. The latest Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) found 10 percent of all under-5 children had diarrhoea during the survey proceedings....

Apr 03, 2012
Kenya Slum midwives bridge labour gap

David Njagi

....Kenya has a high rate of maternal mortality - about 500 deaths per 100,000 live births. Some one million babies are born in the country every year, and 46 percent of them are born in homes that cannot afford food, healthcare and education, according to official statistics. The 2008-2009 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey said TBA-assisted deliveries accounted for 28 percent of all births in the country. They are far cheaper than those in hospitals....

Mar 29, 2012
Good news on health front brings cheer

Utpal Parashar

For a country starved of good news, the recent findings of the Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2011 brought some cheer to policymakers and common Nepalis. Despite problems, the country had improved on almost all health indicators....

Mar 29, 2012
Female circumcision temporarily stopped in Liberia

Bonnie Allen
PRI's The World

....The 2007 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey, the most recent statistics, showed the prevalence of circumcision among Liberian women ages 15 to 49 is about 58 percent. The procedure is usually practiced by 10 of Liberia's 16 tribes, and is reportedly intended to reduce sexual pleasure and, consequently, the likelihood that a woman will be promiscuous....

Mar 26, 2012
Health indicators up to the mark: Report


....Nepal has improved in almost all health indicators except neo-natal mortality. The neonatal mortality rate in the past five year was 33 deaths per 1,000 live births according to Nepal Demographic Health Survey (NDHS)-2011 disseminated today....