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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.

Mar 24, 2017
Malawi Government urged to do more on maternal death and safe motherhood

Tenson Zobo

"Kachale noted that the recent demographic health survey for 2015 on maternal health findings, show that there is improvements on indicators for maternal and newborns health. For instance, she said newborn deaths in 2010 were at 31% as opposed to now 21% though Malawi failed to meet Millennium Development Goals..."

Mar 22, 2017
In JK private hospitals 3 out of 4 births happen through caesarean operation

Zehru Nissa
GREATER KASHMIR (Srinagar, India)

"Three out of every four deliveries in private hospitals across Jammu and Kashmir are carried out by performing a cesarean operation , as per the National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS 4), raising concerns about “unusually high” incidence of CS births in the private hospitals..."

Mar 21, 2017
Eight percent of men in the 15 to 49 years age group have high blood sugar levels


"'The Health Ministry through the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai, has conducted National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS-4) 2015-16.' As per the survey, in the age group of 15-49 years, 8 per cent of men and 5.8 per cent of women in India have high random blood sugar levels and 13.6 per cent men and 8.8 per cent women are hypertensive," Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha..."

Mar 20, 2017
Malawi facing population explosion time bomb Teen pregnancy soars

Zawadi Chilunga

"The MDH survey for 2015/16 shows that more girls aged between 15 and 19 are bearing children and that 29 percent of teenagers had given birth. This figure was four percentage points higher than what was recorded in the last DHS in 2010..."

Mar 17, 2017
Some women feel husbands justified in wife beating

Wanga Gwede

“Sixteen percent of women and 13 percent of men agree that a husband is justified in beating his wife for at least one of the following reasons: if she burns the food, argues with him, goes out without telling him, neglects the children or refuses to have sex with him,” reads the survey findings in part..."