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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.

Dec 04, 2014
Adding it Up: the Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014


Women need sexual and reproductive health services from adolescence through the end of their reproductive years, whether or not they have a birth, and those who give birth need essential care to protect their health and ensure their newborns survive. The declines in maternal and infant deaths in developing countries in the last decade are a welcome sign that increased global attention and resources devoted to safe motherhood and child survival are paying off.

Nov 19, 2014
Nigeria FG adopts new child survival strategy to combat under five mortality

"...According to [Supervising Minister of Health Dr. Khaliru Alhassan], Nigeria’s intervention programmes will be scaled up by the new strategy given the improvements made in reducing under-five mortality rate between 2010 and 2013. The National Demographic and Health Survey 2013 have shown some improvement in total under-five mortality rates from 157/1000 live births in 2008 to 128/1000 live births in 2013..."  http://leadership.ng/news/health/390966/fg-adopts-new-child-survival-strategy-combat-five-mortality-minister
Nov 18, 2014
Burundi - The Hungriest Country in the World? A Review of the Indicators

Diane Uwimana

"...The IFPRI combines three equally weighted indicators: the proportion of people who are undernourished, the proportion of children under five who are underweight, and the mortality rate of children under five. With a food consumption of 1600 Kcal per person per day, Burundi is the lowest consumer of the sub region. Micronutrient deficiencies constitute a real public health risk in Burundi. According to the most recent health demographic survey (EDS 2010) 45% of children younger than five years have anaemia..."

Nov 16, 2014
Fighting Female Genital Cutting

Mona Eltahawy

"...Egyptian government figures put the rate of female genital cutting among women ages 15 to 49 at 91 percent. Among teenagers 15 to 17, it is 74 percent. Unicef estimates that of the 125 million women worldwide who have undergone genital cutting in the 29 countries where it is most prevalent —mostly in Africa and the Middle East —one in five lives in Egypt..."

Nov 07, 2014
USAID, Batey Relief Alliance launch Food Aid Program for the poor


(Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)According to a recently-published National Demographic and Health survey (ENDESA) 2013, 7 percent of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition, and 2 percent have stunted growth in severe condition as compared to the standard of World Health Organization (WHO). Likewise, a decrease of stunting of three per cent was recorded below that found 6 years ago, though severe malnutrition showed no change. Acute malnutrition of the population under five years remained at 2 per cent, similar to that found in (ENDESA) 2007 figures.