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Survey shows health indicators improving in Sindh

Sindh Survey

Health indicators have improved since the last Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted in Sindh in 2014, skilled birth attendants increased from 65 percent to almost 83 percent. 

According to the findings of the MICS conducted in 2018-19, health indicators are improving in Sindh such as the number of skilled birth attendants has increased from 65 percent to almost 83 percent. The survey conduction was revealed in a small ceremony jointly chaired by Planning and Development Board Chairperson Muhammed Waseem and UNICEF Country Representative Aida Girma-Melaku at the committee room of P&DD, Government of Sindh. 

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The ceremony was attended by Chief Economist P&D, Director General BOS, Member Social Sector, P&D; Special Secretary PHED, PC, LGD; Chief of Field Office UNICEF, Chief Social Policy UNICEF physically and virtually. 

It also revealed that during the last 5 years of period, child labor in Sindh has declined. Nine out of 10 households are using basic drinking water services, while almost 7 in 10 households are using improved sanitation services. 

Meanwhile, child marriages are still prevalent with almost one in four of women aged 20-24 getting married before the age of 18 years, even it drops from 31 percent reported in the last Sindh MICS. 

The survey was conducted in all 29 districts of Sindh by the Bureau of Statistics (BOS) Sindh during 2018-2019 using the MICS 6 global methodology, with technical support from the UNICEF.  

However, Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is used as a source of important and reliable information based on a comprehensive set of socio-economic indicators to help make informed decisions for people of the province. 

Chairperson P&D Board welcomed the participants and said, “MICS is one of the credible sources of data. The quality of data is comparable to international set standards. MICS data could be used to monitor and report progress on Sustainable Development Goals.” 

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