National Bureau of Statistics and UNICEF embark on survey to monitor MDGs, maternal and child well being
Abuja, March 20, 2007 - The National Bureau of Statistics and UNICEF started on Wednesday March 14 the collection of data for the third Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 3). The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a national household survey developed by UNICEF to assist countries in monitoring the situation of children and women. The first and second MICS were carried out in Nigeria in 1995 and 1999 respectively. This year survey will be conducted in all 36 States. A total of 41,600 households will be visited by 444 surveyors deployed throughout the country, including in hard-to-reach areas. After this phase of data collection, data will be processed and the final results will be disseminated in August this year.
The major objective of the current exercise is to monitor progress made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as other international targets concerning children and women, such as those set at the UN Special Session on Children in 2002. The MICS studies are conducted in many countries in the world and are using internationally accepted standards for gathering social data on a national scale. They produced statistically sound, internationally comparable estimates of social indicators.
MICS3 will generate social data on nutrition, education, child and maternal health, HIV-AIDS, immunization, care of illness, access to safe drinking water, sanitation, child labour, birth registration, among others. Most social indicators used in MICS survey have been harmonized with those of the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS); hence data from this exercise will freshen and complement those from the 2003 NDHS in Nigeria.
Teams will be visiting households where they will fill a questionnaire with basic information. All surveyors will be wearing recognizable T-shirts, face-caps and survey bag with logos of FGN, National Bureau of Statistics, UNICEF and MICS. Zonal and state independent monitors are also hired to ensure collection of high quality data.
UNICEF is supporting the exercise with a funding of 190 Million Naira (US $ 1.5 Million). Also, the UK government through DFID is committing the sum of 30 Million Naira (US $ 238,095) for the survey. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is contributing professionally, technically, and financially to the survey with the sum of N5.4 Million Naira (US$ 42,857).
“UNICEF is committing so much resources and technical expertise into this exercise because of the importance of current and accurate data in planning, budgeting and leveraging resources for children’, says Ayalew Abai, UNICEF Representative.
To ensure the quality of data, a Central Technical Committee has been set up, chaired by the National Bureau of Statistics and comprising representatives of relevant Federal Ministries, National Planning Commission, National Population Commission, Office of the Special Adviser to the President on MDGS, as well as international organization such as UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank, DFID.
“The NBS and UNICEF attach the highest important to this survey which will provide crucial planning and policy data to the various levels of Government for both MDG and NEEDS Programmes,” notes the National Bureau of Statistics Director General, Dr. Vincent Akinyosoye. “It is essential that the families who will be visited by the field personnel cooperate by giving all required information. I can guarantee that this information will be treated in full confidentiality. Field personnel have received specific training in this regard and are well remunerated to perform the function effectively”.
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