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Bangladesh MICS 2006: Iodized salt, breastfeeding, immunization coverage, primary school attendance on the rise

Dhaka, 25 July 2007: About four in 10 infants aged 0-5 months are exclusively breastfed; 8 out of 10 households consume iodized salt; about 8 in 10 primary school age children attend school; and about 9 in 10 children aged 12-23 months are protected against measles through immunization.
Meanwhile, only 2 in 10 women are assisted by skilled health personnel at delivery; only about 1 in 10 women aged 15-49 years has comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS; and four in 10 households have access to improved sanitation.
These key findings were revealed from the Bangladesh Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2006 at the national launch of the report this morning.
Jointly organized by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and UNICEF at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, Mr. AB Mirza Md. Azizul Islam, Advisor for Finance and Planning attended the launching ceremony as the chief guest.
UNICEF representative in Bangladesh Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault was present as special guest at the launch chaired by Mr. Jafar Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary of the Planning Division. Mr. AYM Ekramul Hoque, Director General, BBS and Mr. Md. Shamsul Alam, Project Director, MSCW, BBS also spoke at the inaugural session.
MICS is an international household survey designed by UNICEF to assist countries to plug data gaps for monitoring human development in general and the situation of children and women in particular.
MICS 2006 is the ninth round of the survey in Bangladesh, the first round was conducted in 1993. This is the only household survey in Bangladesh that provides disaggregated data up to the district level.
Improved coverage of iodized salt is seen in the latest report. Household iodized salt consumption rate rose from 70 per cent in the last MICS data in 2003 to 84 per cent in the MICS 2006. Similarly, the proportion of 12-23 month-olds immunized against measles increased from 83 per cent to 87 per cent during the same period.
However, Bangladesh needs to catch up on some of the key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) indicators, such as delivery assisted by skilled health personnel remains 20 per cent and access to improved sanitation coverage is still at 39 per cent.
The MICS report is published under the title Progotir Pathey (The Way to Progress). The full report will be available at the BBS website (

For more information, please contact:
Iftikhar Ahmed Chowdhury
Associate Communication Officer
UNICEF Bangladesh
+ 880 2 9336701-10/ Ext: 392



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