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.

Feb 6, 2021
Tackling Egypt’s FGM problem means cracking down on doctors who mutilate girls

Brendan Wynne

"...At 27.2 million, Egypt has the highest number of women affected on the African continent – 87 per cent of women, aged between 15 and 49, according to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey. Drilling down further we can see there has been significant progress though between older and younger women: 97 per cent of those aged between 45 and 49 have been affected, compared with 70 percent of those aged between 15 and 19.

"Girls under 15 seem to be even less likely still to have undergone it. Nuances need to be considered too, such as the fact that girls are unlikely to be cut until they reach puberty – but below the age of 14, there is only a five per cent chance of a girl undergoing FGM if she is from a very wealthy family..."

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