MICS 6 (2018): Executive summary of survey results

Executive summary of survey results - August, 2019


Madagascar Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was carried out in 2018 by INSTAT - the National Institute of Statistics - as part of the global MICS programme. Technical support was provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The latter along with the World Bank, USAID and the Japan Trust Fund for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) provided financial support.

This executive summary presents the results of the MICS Madagascar 2018. The full report and survey data are available at this link: https://mics.unicef.org/surveys.

Interview results

Data collection for the Third General Census of Population and Housing (RGPH-III) and the first round of presidential elections took place in 2018 in Madagascar. Despite this difficult context, the 2018 Madagascar MICS survey obtained high response rates (98% at the household level, 91% among women, 85% among men, 96% among children under five and 96% among children aged 5-17) thanks in particular to an sensitization campaign that combined three components: media, visual and community based.

Households and population characteristics

Four out of five households are headed by men. The average household size is 4.5. The Malagasy population is very young: 50% are under 18, 43% under 15 and 15% under 5.

Most interviewed men and women aged 15-49 are either married or in union (63% and 58% respectively); single women and men account for 24% and 38% of the total respectively.

Almost 13% of the children under 18 live with neither of their biological parents, 16% live only with their mothers and 4% with their fathers.

Mass media and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

The level of exposure to traditional media remains low for both men and women. Radio is the most widely used media type and reaches less than half of them.

Television exposure affects less than a quarter of both men and women. Moreover, barely a tenth of them read newspapers.

More than half of households (52%) have a mobile phone, the most widely used ICT (by slightly more than half of both men and women).

On the other hand, efforts are still needed to raise the level of computer use as well as Internet access, as only 5% of households have a computer; Internet access at home is restricted to one in ten households and levels of use and specific skills are below 8% for both men and women.

MICS 2018

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