Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS) will kick start today, 18 January
targeting 7,800 households nationwide, says Nyakassi M.B. Sanyang, statistician
general at The Gambia Bureau of Statistics.
The exercise, spearheaded The Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBOS) and other government ministries, UNICEF and the National Nutrition Agency, is jointly funded by The Gambia government, UNICEF, Global Fund, European Union and the World Food Programme.
MICS was developed in response to the World Summit for Children to measure progress towards an international set of needs decades ago. The first MICS was conducted around 1995 in more than 60 countries.
Mr. Sanyang said the survey has been conducting every five years until 2009 when there was increase demand for data all over the world, prompted UNICEF to provide assistance to countries at more frequent intervals.
He said MICS is an international household survey programme developed and supported by UNICEF and is designed to collect key estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situations of women and children.
“Over the past 20 years, MICS has evolved to respond to changing date needs, expanding from 28 indicators in the first round to 200 indicators in the current sixth-rounds and become a key source of data on child protection, early childhood education as well as data on child health and nutrition.”
He said today, close to 300 MIC surveys have been carried out in more than 100 countries and The Gambia has participated in the conducts since its inception in 1995 and in the subsequent rounds until 2010. “We could not participate in the fifth rounds due to the demographic and health survey that was conducted almost at the same time in 2013,” Sanyang said.
According to him, MICS today is well positioned to play an important role in the new 2030 agenda for sustainable development data landscape alongside other key demographic health and socio-economic surveys.
He said the exercise will last for seventy days and will collect household levels, age, sex, polygamy, FGM, schooling of all households members among others.