December, 2007: "Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women" Survey Launched in Kyrgyzstan
10 December 2007-UNICEF/National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic "Monitoring the situation of Children and Women" Survey (MICS 2006) launched at UN House in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
One third of urban children attend preschool, while only about 10 percent of children in rural areas do so; every second child aged 3-14 was subjected to at least one form of psychological or physical punishment while 2.6% were subjected to severe physical punishment; and around 30 percent of rural women (more than 41% in remote Batken province) are not aware of any HIV/AIDS prevention methods.
At the same time, the level of infant and child mortality has decreased and supplies of iodised salt in households throughout the country have improved.
These and much more data are available in the recently finalised National Statictics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic/UNICEF Survey "Monitoring the situation of children and women in the Kyrgyz Republic".
Monitoring was carried out in Kyrgyzstan and 55 other countries using a standardized methodology developed and accepted by UNICEF at the international level. It provides important statistics in the area of human development in general and deeper evaluation of the status of children and women in the country in order to track progress of MDG, as well as to compare and analyze tendencies in relation to other countries and regions.
The team of national and international experts consisted of specialists from the National Statistics Committee, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the Ministry of Education, the Kyrgyz Academy of Education, the National Institute of Pediatric and Child Surgery, the American University in Central Asia and the University of Emory and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), with the support of UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan worked in close collaboration with ministries, non-governmental and international organisations to collect and analyse data in order to reveal a comprehensive picture of the lives of children and women in the Kyrgyz Republic.
"Monitoring the situation of children and women" offers detailed information on household living conditions, information on children under five from mothers and other caregivers, disaggregated data by sex, wealth, urban and rural locality and other statistics. This will help to develop a common picture of the situation in social sectors including healthcare, education, and demography, among others. As was underlined during the launch, all the data are open for the general public and can be used for monitoring, research, public statements and lectures in Universities.
"There are many issues pointed out in the survey report, which should be considered by decision-makers in Kyrgyzstan in the process of policy development", - said Mr. Zarylbek Kudabaev, Professor at the American University in Central Asia, at the launch.
Representatives of governmental bodies, academia, non-governmental, research and international organizations and mass media participated in the UNICEF event.