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Report on Women and Children in Turkmenistan presented in Ashgabat

Ashgabat, June 11, /Arzuw NEWS/. The State Statistics Committee of Turkmenistan held an event to disseminate the report on the results of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2019.

The State Statistics Committee, together with UNICEF, presented data on the situation of women and children in Turkmenistan.

The MICS is the largest effort to date to assess a country's progress in social development, and in particular to learn about the situation of children and women. The survey collects data at the national and velayat levels, disaggregated by age, place of residence, gender, wealth quintiles and ethnic groups. - Christine Weygand, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan, said in her speech. 

A total of 6,360 households in urban and rural areas of all velayats and the city of Ashgabat were selected for the survey. The results of the report presented data from a survey of 98% Turkmen women aged 15-49, 99% children under 5, 99% children aged 5-17, and 98% households as a whole.

The first Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey in Turkmenistan was conducted 25 years ago. Turkmenistan was one of the first countries in the world to conduct MICS, and as it was in other countries, the questionnaires and content were quite limited. At this point, a large number of indicators on health, nutrition, mortality, child protection, education, water, and sanitation collected in the survey are taken into account. This means that Turkmenistan has updated information on key aspects of children's lives."- said Attila Hancioglu, Head of Data and Analytics at UNICEF Headquarters and Global Coordinator of MICS UNICEF. 

The results of the survey allow analysis of data for joint work of ministries and departments of Turkmenistan, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to UNICEF representatives, the full MICS report on Turkmenistan will be published on the official website MICS UNICEF Toward the end of this year.

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