Gilgit, November 20th, 2017 – [PR] A Seminar to disseminate the final report of Gilgit-Baltistan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (GB-MICS) 2016-17, was held here on 20th November 2017 at Serena hotel. It was organized by the Planning & Development Department, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan and UNICEF Pakistan. Speaker Gilgit-Baltisan Legislative Assembly Haji Fida Muhammad Nashad was the Chief Guest. The Minister for Planning & Development Department, Iqbal Hasan was the Guests of Honor. Secretary Home Mr. Bilal Memon, Chief Planning and Monitoring UNICEF Pakistan Ms. Shaheen Hussain and others addressed the dissemination seminar.
Final report of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey was presented on the occasion. The Report has socio economic indicators segregated on Rural and Urban areas, Gender wise, Educational levels, wealth quintiles and on geographical levels i.e. Districts, Divisions and Province focusing the situation of children and women in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is first MICS ever conducted in GB in the absence of GB Bureau of Statistics. In addition the GB MICS first time calculated the Multidimensional Poverty Indicators as non-monetary poverty measurement based on health, education and general living status. Mr. Nazir Khan Deputy Chief Planning and Development Department presented the GB-MICS findings.
GB-MICS 2016-17 data collected during October, 2016 to February 2017. More than 6,400 households were covered with a response rate of 99 percent. It is one of biggest achievement with a high response rate in the difficult terrain and harsh weather of GB. GB-MICS covers more than 121 socio-economic indicators. Three separate Questionnaires; household, women and children under five, were used for data collection.
GB-MICS 2016-17 noted considerable improvements in health indicators for women and children. Proportion of mothers receiving antenatal care from skilled providers has increased from 64 percent in PDHS 2012-13 to 73 percent. Also, 18 percentage points improvement has been observed in births assisted by a skilled provider (from 44 percent to 62 percent). Moreover, births taking place in health facilities have also increased significantly from 43 percent in 2012-13 to 60 percent in 2016-17. A significant rise in exclusive breastfeeding under 6-months is observed from 38 percent to 63 percent. Overall, 39 percent of children age 12-23 months received all the recommended vaccinations by 12 months of age, but this need to be increased by implementing more effective Immunization programs.
Birth registration is one of the key indicators of child protection. GB-MICS 2016-17 shows that only 2 in 10 children (19 percent) under age 5 have been registered. Survey results shows that at least one household member in 9 out of 10 households owns a mobile phone. Survey further depicts number of areas, which still plenty of room to be improved. So, this survey will provide an excellent opportunity for the policy makers and planners to focus on the areas, required further improvements.
The main objective of the MICS survey is to collect statistically sound and internationally comparable data essential for developing evidence-based policies and programmes, and for monitoring progress towards global, national and provincial goals. The MICS Survey focuses mainly on those issues that directly affect the lives of children and women. MICS has been a major source of data for reporting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) indicators and provide baseline for 25 indicators of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This survey will be served as one of the major source of evidence generation activity by the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan in the formulation of effective and better policies and planning for the betterment of people of Gilgit-Baltistan.