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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.

Sep 28, 2016
One Man Fights to Stop Female Circumcision in Northern Kenya
Lilian Kaivilu
KENYA STAR (Nairobi, Kenya)

"...About 94 percent of Somali women, and women of Somali descent, in Kenya have undergone circumcision, according to the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey. That's in comparison to 21 percent of all women in Kenya ages 15 to 49, according to that survey..."

Sep 25, 2016
Poverty stalks adolescent mothers
Sofia Mapuranga

"...According to the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (ZimStat) 2015 Demographic and Health Survey, early child bearing among teenagers is almost three times higher in rural areas compared to urban settings.

Findings by ZimStat revealed that 22% of adolescent females aged 15-19 in Zimbabwe have had children, with one in six teenagers (17%) having given birth and another 5% being pregnant with their first child..."

Sep 20, 2016
Let us talk about sex education in schools
Tasneem Hassanali
THE CITIZEN (Tanzania)

"...According to the Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey (TDHS) and Malaria Indicator Survey 2015-16 issued by the National Bureau of Statistics and Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, teenage pregnancy is on the rise at 27%..."

Sep 13, 2016
Low health budget slows down Kenya's family planning drive
Annie Njanja
BUSINESS DAILY (Nairobi, Kenya)

"...The latest Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS) indicates that 18 per cent of women in Kenya have an unmet need for family planning..."

Sep 09, 2016
Egypt: New Penalties for Female Genital Mutilation

"...A 2014 demographic and health survey for Egypt, conducted on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Population, found that 92 percent of currently or formerly married girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 had undergone female genital mutilation. The survey showed that the practice had decreased between 2005 and 2014, but estimated that 56 percent of girls under 19 were expected to undergo it in the future..."