THE United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has praised the Government of Zimbabwe for the value it (Government) attaches to the importance of robust indicators on the situation of children and women, as the southern African nation is amongst the first countries to complete and release the 6th round of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) results.
The large scale and challenging field survey was conducted between January and April, last year, for the 2019 MICS and received funding from the European Union (EU), United Kingdom Aid (UKAID), the Swedish Government, UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund, respectively.
Through these efforts, Zimbabwe became only the 14th nation to complete and release the 6th round of MICS results.
Addressing delegates and stakeholders who attended the release of the MICS results at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare, recently, UNICEF representative Laylee Moshiri said, “Though other countries are following, including some in the Southern African region, having Zimbabwe as one of the first few to complete the survey is testament to the value that the government Zimbabwean attaches to the importance of robust indicators on the situation of children and women.
“I am very excited today that we are disseminating the 2019 MICS results.
“The results could not have come at any better time than now when the government of Zimbabwe is in the process of coming up with the 1st ‘5 Year National Development Plan’ aimed at steering the country towards sustainable development,” she said.
Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) director general Mr. Taguma Mahombe paid tribute to UNICEF for supporting the MICS data collection process, while also commending the partnership between the UN agency and government.
“I would like to commend UNICEF for coordinating the provision of financial and technical assistance for the MICS without which this survey would not have been possible. The partnership with the government of Zimbabwe is appreciated and I hope it will grow from strength to strength.
“The MICS are conducted under the auspices of the Zimbabwe United nations Development assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) jointly coordinated by the Office of the President and Cabinet and the UN resident coordinator,” he said.
Since its inception in 1995, 326 MICS surveys have been conducted by 116 countries generating data on key indicators on the well-being of children and women and helping shape policies and programs for the improvement of their lives.
The survey findings provide disaggregated data to measure progress and assess gaps on key indicators in numerous thematic areas affecting women and children’s lives such as child and maternal mortality, fertility, child health and nutrition, birth registration, adolescents, HIV and sexual behavior, child discipline and domestic violence, early childhood development, education, and drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, amongst many others.
MICS is a major source of data for countries to measure progress on the 2030 Agenda and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).