New data reveals situation for children in Ghana - more progress needed for an equitable Ghana

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survery 2017/18 released today

28 November 2018
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Accra - 28 November 2018 - New data from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey: Some progress made in Ghana’s development, more work required to achieve a more equitable Ghana

Launch of the Ghana Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2017/18

New findings from the Ghana Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS 2017/2018) reveal a mixed picture of the country’s development progress, said the Ghana Statistical Service and UNICEF as they unveiled the new report today.  The MICS uncovered some clear contrasts outlining how progress has been made in some areas, while in others the statistics remain concerning. 

The survey provides statistically sound and internationally comparable data essential for developing evidence-based policies and programmes, and for monitoring progress toward national goals and global commitments. 

The survey reveals that eight out of every 10 people are using basic drinking water services  , thus an improved source with collection time not more than 30 minutes for a round-trip including queuing.

Also, one in every five people still practice open defecation and that .  The MICS has also found that one out of every five young women aged   between 20 and 24 years was married before the age of 18.  In addition, 94 per cent of children   aged one to 14 years have experienced violent discipline in Ghana. 

In the education sector, the MICS indicates that completion rates at primary and junior high schools are high – at 71 percent and 83 percent respectively according to new MICS data. However, only 47 per cent of children have completed higher secondary education. 

In relation to health and childbirth, MICS data shows that nearly one in every five children under the age of five years is stunted. In contrast eight in every ten pregnant women are attended to by skilled personnel during childbirth.

The MICS data has also revealed striking disparities, with the three northern regions and parts of Volta lagging behind. For example, while nine out of ten pregnant women are attended to by skilled personnel during childbirth in Greater Accra, the figure stands only at six out of ten in the Northern Region. 

“While so me encouraging findings have emerged from the MICS, it has also shed light on the disparities in progress and opportunities for households across the country,” said Anne-Claire Dufay, UNICEF Representative in Ghana. “Together, all actors need to support policies, programmes and initiatives that make a positive difference for the most vulnerable families, towards a more equitable Ghana .” 

“While so many encouraging findings have emerged from the MICS, it has also shone a light on the  in progress and opportunities for households across the country,” continued Ms Anne-Claire Dufay. “Together, all actors need to ensure that we are all doing our maximum possible to support initiatives that make a positive difference for the most vulnerable families and so that we can achieve a more equitable Ghana.” 

“Because of the robustness of MICS and the level of disaggregation, the statistics are invaluable feedback for targeted policy solutions to address the challenges that have been very disparities which MICS identified,” said a spokesperson from Ghana Statistical Service.


The MICS data has also revealed striking disparities in regard to progress are striking. With the three northern regions and parts of Volta lagging behind. For example, while nine out of ten pregnant women are attended to by skilled personnel during childbirth in Greater Accra, the figure stands only at six out of ten in the Northern Region. 

The Ghana Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was conducted in 2017/2018 by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources (MoSWR), Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP).

“We are very grateful to UNICEF for the technical and financial support provided in conducting the MICS, said Mr… from the Ghana Statistical Service. “We would also like to thank other partners, including the World Bank through the Statistics for Results Facility-Catalytic Fund (SRF-CF), the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID ).” 

Other key findings include:

  • One in every two newborn babies are put to the breast within the first hour of their life.  However, four out of 10 children aged 0 - 5 months are exclusively breastfed.
  • Parental engagement in activities to support early learning and school readiness is very low (3 percent and 11 percent by fathers and mothers respectively); and marginally higher when other adult household members are involved (34 percent).
  • While more girls than boys live to celebrate their first birthday (39 and 42 deaths per 1000 live births respectively), more boys live to celebrate their fifth birthday than girls (54 and 58 deaths per 1000 live births). 

Notes to Editors 

The MICS survey produces information on 33 global Sustainable Development Goals indicators, most of which have been adopted by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in the national SDG indicator framework, either in their entirety or partially. 

The information is also necessary for monitoring and evaluating the impact of existing programmes and to design new initiatives to improve conditions of the population, especially women and children in Ghana, at the national level, urban and rural areas, and the 10 administrative regions.  

The Ghana MICS 2017/18 had a sample size of 13,202 households selected from across the 10 regions of Ghana, with a 99% response rate. From the selected households, 14,374 women and 5,323 men aged 15-49 were successfully interviewed. 

Questionnaires were also completed for 8,879 children under age five years and 8,946 children between the ages of 5-17 years. Drinking water quality testing was conducted at household and water source levels for 3,219 and 3,161 respectively.

 

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