Bishkek, 17 May 2019 – Today the National Statistics Committee with the participation of representatives of the Government and international organizations presented the wide-scale Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) on the situation of children and women in Kyrgyzstan. The survey contains the data on 24 areas, including maternal and newborn health, access to early learning and education, nutritional status of children, birth registration, child marriages.
The data shows the positive trends in declining child mortality, stunting among rural children, having access to early education. However, there is an increase on some of the indicators, such as the number of children left behind by parents by 16% over the last 4 years: from 239,100 in 2014 to 277,500 in 2018.
“Having internationally comparable and government validated reliable data leads to evidence-based policy design and practical interventions to reduce equity gaps and inform efforts of the country and UNICEF’s support towards achieving the National Development Strategy 2040 and Sustainable Development Goals in Kyrgyzstan, said UNICEF Representative Yukie Mokuo.
The survey around 7,000 households across all oblasts of Kyrgyzstan with field survey in September-November 2018. Technical support for the survey was provided by UNICEF, and financial support from UNICEF, USAID and UNFPA.
“This is the third survey we are conducting with UNICEF within Global MICS Programme. The comprehensive methodology used in the survey gives the Government the reliable data across all basic indicator on the situation of children and women” said National Statistics Committee director Akylbek Sultanov.
This year, in comparison with the previous survey in 2006 and 2014, MICS 2018 has covered new issues, such as children with disability, the safety of women, cash transfers, foundational learning, energy use and other key sets of data.
The Global MICS Programme was developed by UNICEF in the 1990s as an international multi-purpose household survey programme to support countries in collecting internationally comparable data on a wide range of indicators on the situation of children and women. MICS surveys measure key indicators that allow countries to generate data for use in policies, programmes, and national development plans, and to monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other internationally agreed upon commitments.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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