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.

Oct 23, 2020
Kenya faces a surge in FGM as schoolgirls stay home due to coronavirus lockdowns

Mike Mwenda

"...According to a Kenyan Demographic and Health Survey report, the national prevalence of FGM among women and girls aged 15-49 years has gradually declined from 32 per cent in 2003, 27 per cent in 2008-2009 and 21 per cent to 2014. However, experts say the decline needs to be sustained and accelerated by focusing especially on communities where prevalence is still high. Furthermore, the report shows how the proportion of women who have undergone cutting varies by ethnic group, with most women in the Somali (94 per cent), Samburu (86 per cent), Kisii (84 per cent) and Maasai (78 per cent) communities being circumcised..."

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