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.

Aug 7, 2023
Health ministry working on national menstrual policy

TDG Network
THE DAILY GUARDIAN (London, England)

"...According to the National Family Health Survey 5, 78 percent of women in the 15–24 age group use a hygienic method of protection during their menstrual cycle. This marks a rise from 58 percent in the National Family Health Survey 4. According to the latest survey, 64 percent of these women use sanitary napkins, 50 percent use cloth, and 15 percent use locally prepared napkins. The survey also revealed that women who have received 12 or more years of schooling are more than twice as likely to use a hygienic method compared to those with no schooling, stressing the importance of education for girls. In terms of location, 73 percent of rural women and 90 percent of urban women use a hygienic method of menstrual protection..."

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