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Oman to launch first ever study to measure progress for women and children

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UNICEF to provide technical expertise to the study

MUSCAT, Oman, 6 October 2013 – The Government of Oman and UNICEF today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the launch of Oman’s first Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, a UNICEF-supported statistical tool that will help monitor the situation of women and children in this Gulf country.

“Oman is be joining today more than 100 countries which, for the past two decades, have counted on UNICEF’s support and expertise to collect valuable data on various aspects of women and children’s lives,” said Osama Makkawi, UNICEF Representative in Oman. “This data is critical in determining how well we are keeping our promises for children.”

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, also known as MICS, will help provide updated information on areas related to children’s health and development, education and protection in Oman. It will also look at the progress achieved so far towards achieving gender parity in education and women’s knowledge of HIV and AIDS.

The Survey will cover over 6,000 households in all governorates of the country and will include Omani as well as non-Omani populations.

The new data will support the preparation of Oman’s 9th national development plan.

“UNICEF is committed to supporting the Government of Oman in evidence-based planning and formulation of key policies for the well-being of children. MICS is a milestone in the process of generating the required knowledge on the situation of children and women in Oman in order to ensure that decision making processes are well informed and in the best interest of all children in Oman,” Makkawi said.

About MICS
Since the mid-1990s, the MICS have enabled many countries to produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of a range of indicators in the areas of health, education, child protection and HIV/AIDS. MICS findings have been used extensively as a basis for policy decisions and programme interventions, and for the purpose of influencing public opinion on the situation of children and women around the world. They are also critical in monitoring countries’ progress toward national goals and global commitments. Over the last 17 years, 240 MICS surveys have been conducted in more than 100 countries.

For further information, please contact:
Silvia Placid, UNICEF Oman,, Tel: 24498932/24498950



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