08 Aug 2016

#DHSgames Week One – Round One

Here’s the first medal count of the 2016 #DHSgames! Our top three medalists are Thailand, earning one gold and one bronze medal; Vietnam, winning one gold medal; and Kazakhstan, with one silver and one bronze. Thailand, a country whose last DHS survey was in 1987, won two medals in weightlifting events. Vietnam, whose last survey was an AIDS Indicator Survey in 2005, earned its first-ever gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol contest. Athletes in Kazakhstan, a country with two DHS surveys in the 1990s, won silver and bronze medals during judo competitions.

Other #DHSgames medal winners include Uzbekistan, South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia, and Brazil. Among these countries, Philippines released the latest DHS in 2013, though a South Africa DHS is currently ongoing.

Of particular note, the Philippines earned their first-ever medal in women’s weightlifting, which is also their first medal since 1996! In terms of global health success, almost all Filipino households have access to an improved source of drinking water.

In football news: the Brazil women’s national team is dominating the field with 6 points, while the Nigeria men’s national team is leading the way (6) with Mexico (4), Colombia (2), and Brazil (2) not far behind.

Our next medal count will take place August 12. In the meantime, be sure to follow #DHSgames on Twitter and Facebook!

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Anthropometry measurement (height and weight) is a core component of DHS surveys that is used to generate indicators on nutritional status. The Biomarker Questionnaire now includes questions on clothing and hairstyle interference on measurements for both women and children for improved interpretation.