The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, in cooperation with UNICEF, announced on 15 December 2020 the main results of the Palestinian Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2019-2020 at a virtual conference with H.E. Dr. Ola Awad, President of PCBS, and Ms. Lucia Elmi, Special Representative of UNICEF in the State of Palestine, and in the presence of representatives of ministries, officials and civil institutions, universities, research centers, UN organizations, relevant bodies and the media.
Opening the conference, H.E. Dr. Ola Awad outlined PCBS’s implementation of the PMICS in its sixth round in December 2019 - January 2020. The MICS was implemented with technical and financial support from UNICEF, the French Development Agency (AFD), and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and UNFPA through a survey sample of 10,080 households.
Dr. Awad stated that the main objectives of PMICS were to provide updated data necessary to assess the situation of children and women, contribute to increasing awareness of issues related to household and reproductive health. It also provided the data necessary to evaluate the progress made towards achieving the SDG 2030 and other internationally agreed goals. In addition, the PMICS has made data available to decision-makers and policy-makers to monitor, develop or modify services. The survey also supports the identification of necessary interventions, and contributes to improving data monitoring systems in Palestine, and enhancing technical expertise in designing and implementing systems.
On her part, Ms. Lucia Elmi highlighted that the MICS survey is an international program for conducting household surveys, prepared and developed by UNICEF. Its purpose is to collect statistics on the main indicators used in assessing the children’s and women’s rights, including on the health, nutrition, education and protection status of children, as well as maternal health and household conditions. The survey included five questionnaires: a household questionnaire, a questionnaire for women aged 15-49 years, a questionnaire for children from the ages of 5-17 years old, a questionnaire for children under five years of age, and a questionnaire for testing water quality.
The virtual conference ended with the presentations on the main findings of the PMICS 2019-2020 which can be accessed on http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/site/512/default.aspx?lang=en&ItemID=3871