The islands and territories of the Eastern Caribbean are among the most data-deprived in the world. We simply don’t know enough about the children in our region, how they live, how they are raised, how they are vulnerable, what they need to fulfil their potential. Without full and detailed knowledge we will not have the data necessary to plan for children.
There are significant gaps relating to nutrition, health, early childhood development, child protection, reproductive health, social protection, disabilities, substance abuse and violence against women and girls. While several countries conducted valuable research in 2012, (Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys in Barbados, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago), there are huge information gaps across the others.
Limited human resource capacity and budgets are some of the data-collection challenges for our subregion. We must work with partners to overcome them as good, solid information it the bedrock of our programme, to make sure we are targeting correctly, using resources efficiently and ensuring that no child is left behind.