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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 09, 2017
C-section deliveries up in Punjabs private hospitals

TIMES OF INDIA (New Delhi, India)

"According to National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4), caesarean cases in the state rose from 16.5% in 2005-06 to 24.6% 2016-17..."

Mar 07, 2017
Less than half of infants breastfed in first hour of birth

Sushmi Dey
THE TIMES OF INDIA (New Delhi, India)

"The pace of improvement in breastfeeding has been slow with less than half of children in India being breastfed in the first hour of birth, even as institutional deliveries have improved rapidly, accounting for almost 80% of all deliveries, data released from the fourth national family health survey (NFHS) shows..."

Mar 06, 2017
More than half of under 5 kids in India are anaemic

Subodh Varma
THE TIMES OF INDIA (New Delhi, India)

"In a stark and chilling reminder of the realities of life in India, the recently released family health survey (NFHS 4) results show that over 58% of children below five years of age are anaemic..."

Mar 04, 2017
Tobacco consumption in India falls due to stringent laws

Neetu Chandra Sharma

"According to the NFHS 4, the prevalence of tobacco use in India among men has come down to 44.8 per cent in 2015-16 from 57 per cent in 2005 - 06 and among women it has come down to 6.8 per cent from 10.8 per cent..."

Mar 03, 2017
The health of Indian children is improving but there is still a long way to go

Swagata Yadavar
HINDUSTAN TIMES (New Delhi, India)

"India’s infant mortality rate (IMR) reduced by 16 points over the last ten years – 41 children below the age of one died per 1,000 live births, down from 57 a decade ago, according to the India fact-sheet of the National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4), the largest-ever assessment of India’s health and family welfare indicators..."