Tbilisi, Georgia: On November 29th, 2019 National Statistics Office of Georgia, UNICEF Georgia and the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health presented the results of the 2018-2019 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) to the media.
Developed and supported by UNICEF, MICS is one of the largest international household survey programmes worldwide. It is designed to collect estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of households and especially of children and women. Since the inception of MICS in the 1990s, over 300 surveys have been carried out in more than 100 countries.
Georgia MICS 2018 included over 180 indicators and involved over 14 000 households as a sample size, providing regionally representative data which can be segregated by age, sex, urban/rural, IDP status, ethnicity, disability and wealth allowing precise targeting of development interventions.
For the first time in the history of MICS, the blood lead level module was added to the survey, allowing to calculate the prevalence of lead in the blood of children 2-7 years of age and pinpoint locations of possible contamination.
MICS was conducted by National Statistics Office of Georgia– GeoStat, with the technical support and partial financial assistance of UNICEF and partners, whereas the lead and water testing were co-led by the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC).
The implementation of the MICS was carried out with significant support of 11 different donors, including SIDA, USAID, AFD, SDC, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP, the WB, the Italian National Institute of Health and the NCDC. The MICS in Georgia was an effort to address important gaps in the availability of data to support strategic and evidence-based policymaking towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The complete results of the Survey were presented today at a media event by Mr. Gogita Todradze, the Executive Director of the National Statistics Office. Mr. Giorgi Sakhokia, Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia and Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze, the Director General of the National Control and Disease Center addressed the invited guests.
"The results clearly show progress made in Georgia over the last few years in improving conditions for children, but it also highlights important challenges that need to be addressed" Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia
“We are very pleased that the National Statistics Office of Georgia through a longstanding partnership with UNICEF has successfully completed the MICS which is a nationally representative survey with information on the wellbeing of children at country and regional levels. The results clearly show progress made in Georgia over the last few years in improving conditions for children, but it also highlights important challenges that need to be addressed”, said Mr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia
While extending gratitude to UNICEF Georgia for its support on MICS and other activities, Mr. Gogita Todradze, Executive Director of Geostat congratulated the survey team and all who contributed to the successful completion of the survey. “The aim of this survey was to gather detailed information about families, women and children. As a result, quality and internationally comparable data was gathered, that is crucial for evidence-based policy-making,” said Mr. Todradze.
Full results of the survey will be made public on UNICEF and Geostat websites. The results of the survey will help the Government of Georgia with evidence-based decision making and policy planning to improve the life of vulnerable families and children and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information, read Findings of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in Georgia
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