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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.

Feb 19, 2017
In Bangladesh Providing Safety Nets to Young Mothers for a Promising Future

THE WORLD BANK (Washington, DC)

"While Bangladesh has significantly reduced child and maternal mortality, the country still remains among the 10 countries with the highest prevalence of malnutrition. According to Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) 2014, 36.1 percent of children under 5 are considered to be short for their age or stunted..."

Feb 15, 2017
Less than 50 percent households in Assam use improved sanitation facilities

Gaurav Das
THE TIMES OF INDIA (Guwahati, India)

"A total of 439 villages in Assam have been declared open defecation-free (ODF) but only 47.7% of households used 'improved sanitation facilities', the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 said..."

Feb 07, 2017
Rwanda to export fortified foods

Peterson Tumwebaze
BIZ COMMUNITY (Cape Town, South Africa)

"The 2010 Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey results showed that chronic malnutrition affects 38 per cent of children under the age of five years, resulting in stunting..."

Feb 02, 2017
Born with HIV pregnant at 16 and raped at 17

Theresia Tjihenuna
THE NAMIBIAN (Windhoek, Namibia)

"Minister of health Bernard Haufiku said Namibia remains one of the hardest-hit countries in sub-Saharan Africa with adult HIV prevalence of 14%, according to the 2013 Namibia Demographic Health Survey..."

Jan 30, 2017
Despite High Death Rates Women in Zimbabwe Skip Cervical Cancer Tests

Rumbi Chakamba

"...in Zimbabwe, where the 2015 Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey revealed that although nationally 79 percent of women had heard of cervical cancer, only 13 percent of them have had a test to screen for the disease..."