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 14, 2015
Its all about dignity Now I have my own toilet


"...Residents go to central points to fetch water in buckets from a borehole, for their daily sustenance. A small enterprising cottage industry has sprung up where toilets are built solely for women and can be used for a small fee. The down side is that the men and children defecate in a nearby open field. So, for Gift, it is a huge blessing to have a toilet of her own. It is something she did not imagine could happen. This is the first time that she has lived in a house with its own private toilet. All her children were born in her single-room Marine Base home, and her oldest child is 16. According to Nigeria's 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey, only 37 percent of households in urban areas have access to improved sanitation..."

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