Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey - Monitoring the situation of children and women in Serbia suggests progress
UNICEF Area Representative to Serbia (middle) and government officials present survey findings.© UNICEF Serbia/Media Centre
Preliminary statistical data suggest progress, but also show disparities and need to introduce measures particularly targeting the most vulnerable and socially excluded children.
BELGRADE, 14 July 2011 – Preliminary results of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey – Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women in Serbia (MICS4) suggest visible progress in most areas, including health of women and children, early childhood development, education. The progress is notable both on the national level and among the Roma living in Roma settlements, but disparities are still present requiring continuous investment and measures targeting most vulnerable children. The full report with final data will be available in late autumn.
“Data are indispensable for a country to be able to assess to what degree it has been successful in providing conditions essential for the wellbeing of mother and child. It is not sufficient to have the national averages, since they hide facts about various vulnerable groups. These data clearly substantiate that inclusion measures targeting the poorest and socially excluded children have brought about the critical, high priority results. But their position is still below the national average, and there are also other areas which have to be paid more attention to in the future. I hope therefore that these precious data will be used for informed decision making”, stated Mrs. Judita Reichenberg, UNICEF Area Representative to Serbia.
One third of Roma girls have their first baby before turning 18. © UNICEF Serbia/Zoran Jovanovic Maccak
“These are some of the preliminary data obtained through this Survey, an important source of information on the status of children and women in Serbia. The Survey was conducted in 2010 at the national sample of 6,800 households and 1,800 households in Roma settlements. It contains some new indicators, filling in the gaps in the existing data. We are currently working on the refinement of these preliminary findings. Final cross-checked and more precise data will be available in the autumn,” said Prof. Dr. Dragan Vukmirovic, Director of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia.
About the Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) MICS is a global survey conducted in 5-year intervals ever since 1995 and has been used in 100 countries worldwide. MICS4 provides data relating to position and attitudes of children and women, as well as key indicators monitoring progress of respective countries pursuant to the Millennium Development Goals and other national and international strategies.
For more information on the global MICS project, please visit http://www.childinfo.org In 2010 the Survey was conducted by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). MICS data and database are of vital importance for the Serbian Government for establishing priority measures and targeted allocations of the budgetary resources.
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UNICEF: Jadranka Milanovic, Communication Officer, tel. (011) 3602 100; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia: Sanja Aksentijevic, PR department, tel: (011) 2401 284; e-mail: email@example.com