Kazakhstan, UNICEF and UNFPA launch second Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)
Astana, 8 July 2010 – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between the Statistics Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on conducting a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in Kazakhstan. This MoU lays basis for cooperation and partnership between the agencies in surveying households in Kazakhstan.
“MICS is a household survey developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women. It was originally developed in response to World Summit for Children in 1990 to measure progress towards internationally agreed set of mid-decade goals and currently MICS serves as a major tool for monitoring progress toward Millennium Development Goals, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Plan of Action A World Fit for Children and other internationally agreed benchmarks. It is my pleasure to be here and ensure Mr. Chairman that UNICEF is ready to provide all necessary technical support for Kazakhstan within the next MICS.” Ms. Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative said after the signing the MoU.
“MICS makes it possible to get indicators on the level of households, on the state of health, education, child development as well as indicators on domestic violence. Lots of data and indicators which we will receive during the MICS are impossible to obtain from routine statistics,” said Alikhan Smailov.
This is the second MICS that is going to be conducted in Kazakhstan. The first MICS took place in 2006. The MICS is unique because it will, like the first one, be conducted on sub-national level due to the considerable differences in the social and economic development of the country’s regions. This will make it possible to get detailed and true information about the state of children and women in all the regions of the country and in the two cities - Astana and Almaty. The Statistics Agency will conduct the survey, UNFPA will provide financial support and UNICEF will provide financial and technical support.
The survey will look into data on infant and child mortality rates, nutrition, breastfeeding, immunization, the use of improved sources of drinking water, contraception, reproductive health, domestic violence and etc.
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