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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 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..."

Mar 16, 2017
Teenage pregnancies on the rise

Suzgo Khunga

"The MDHS, whose main report was launched yesterday in Lilongwe, shows that 29 percent of teenagers had given birth. This figure was four percentage points higher than what was recorded int he last DHS in 2010..."

Mar 15, 2017
Increasing access to health services

Violet Maraisane
UNFPA (Maputsoe, Lesotho)

HIV prevalence among women in Lesotho has increased from 26 per cent in 2004 to 30 per cent in 2014, while for men it has remained stable at around 19 per cent from 2004 to 2014. According to the Demographic Health Survey (2014), the overall HIV prevalence in Lesotho increased from 23 per cent in 2004 to 25 per cent in 2014.

Mar 09, 2017
The Struggle for Womens Rights in Egypt

Seth J. Frantzman
THE JERUSALEM POST (Jerusalem, Israel)

"In recent years, the government has approved of public campaigns against the mutilations. A 2015 Egyptian Health Issues Survey found that seven in 10 women between ages 15 and 19 had been impacted. Unsurprisingly, it found that education and literacy were a key factor in reducing the numbers. However the survey revealed that 59% of men and 54% of women supported FGM..."

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..."