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 04, 2016
MAKAU: Please don't rob me of my childhood
"...Kenya's 2014 Health and Demographic Survey paints a grim picture. A quarter of the women in Kenya are "married" by age 18..."
Feb 16, 2016
Climate change fertility and girls education
BROOKINGS FUTURE DEVELOPMENT (Washington, D.C.)
"...Does education really make that much of a difference to fertility rates, compared to other possible explanatory variables? Yes. Look at the graphs below, taken from the World Bank, to see how dramatic the difference is in some selected countries. The difference between 0 years of schooling and 12 years is almost 4 to 5 children per woman. While trends are for women to have lower fertility over time (perhaps through access to family planning) at each education level, the main driver of overall fertility reduction is clearly the change in proportions of women at each education level..."
Feb 08, 2016
India turns the tide on malnutrition
LIVEMINT (New Delhi, India)
"...In the case of Madhya Pradesh, undernourished children less than five years dropped from nearly two in three children in 2005-06 to a little over two in five children in 2015-16. In the same period, the decline was from 55.9% to 43.9%..."
Feb 07, 2016
The degrading rite of passage
BARAKA FM (Nairobi, Kenya)
"...In Kenya, 21% of women age 15-49 have been circumcised. Female Genital Cutting (also known as female circumcision) is very regional and associated with ethnic group. The findings of the 2014 KDHS further state that the large majority (greater than 75%) of Somali, Samburu, Kisii and Maasai women are circumcised , compared to less than 2% of women in Luhya, Luo, Turkana and Mijikenda/ Swahili groups..."http://barakafm.org/2016/02/07/the-degrading-rite-of-passage/
Feb 05, 2016
Female Genital Mutilation Among Egyptian Teenage Girls Drops By 27 Percent
"...While FGM appears to have declined among younger Egyptian women, potentially indicating a rising trend against the practice, statistics from 2004-2015 indicate that 87 percent of girls and women aged 15 to 49 years in Egypt have undergone FGM..."