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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.

Jul 28, 2017
Malaria prevalence reduces marginally in Ghana

Naa Kwaamah Siaw-Marfo

"Malaria prevalence among children under age five has decreased from 27 per cent to 21 per cent..."

Jul 25, 2017
Nigeria sets up task force to reduce maternal mortality

Ayodamola Owoseye

"...from the National Demographic and Health Survey, 2013 indicates that the MMR in Nigeria is 576 per 100,000 live births and Neonatal Mortality Rate is 37 per 1000 live births..."

Jul 25, 2017
Controlling Chronic Anaemia in Women in India

NEW KERALA (New Delhi, India)

"According to National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-IV (2015-16), the prevalence of anemia among women aged 15 to 49 years is 53%...''

Jul 25, 2017
Odisha Is Saying No to Child Marriage

Basudev Mahapatra
THE QUINT (Odisha, India)

"In Odisha, nearly 21.3 per cent of the currently married women in 20-24 age group married before 18. It was 37.2 percent during NFHS3 (2005-06). Similarly, 11 percent of married men within the age group of 25-29 got married before 21, as per NFHS4, which was 22.2 percent during the NFHS3..."

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Jul 25, 2017
Breastfeeding helps mothers as well

Ayesha Hassan

"The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data on child feeding practices and nutritional status of children suggests that almost two-thirds of children under the age of three years in Bihar (65%) are not breastfed within one hour of birth. In Bihar, 41.8% children are breastfed after one hour of birth in urban areas and just 34.2% in rural areas...."