New Data Shows Progress on Maternal and Child Health

01 September 2014, Harare - With the support of the United Nations agencies, ZIMSTAT launched the dissemination of the 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) key findings on 29 August 2014 at the Harare International Conference Center.

The 2014 MICS key findings shows an increase in child immunization coverage from 37% in 2009 to 92% in 2014; an increase in pregnant women visiting antenatal clinics from 57% in 2009 to 70% in 2014.  Under-five mortality has declined from 94 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2009 to 75 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014. Similarly, the maternal mortality ratio has declined from 960 deaths per 100,000 live births for the period 2003-2010 to 614 deaths per 100,000 live births for the period 2007-2014.edited (3 of 6)_0.jpg

Noting the improving trends of social indicators captured in the 2014 MICS, UNICEF Representative Mr. Reza Hossaini said, “The curve is bending, and it is bending towards progress, –the rate of change in some social indicators is simply phenomenal.”

Mr. Hossaini attributed the improvements of the social service indicators to the strong partnership among the Government, the UN, and Development Partners, national commitment in creating right policy environment, strengthening service delivery, and providing support to the poor and vulnerable. “The challenge for Zimbabwe now is to build upon these achievements and sustain these gains. This should be our collective concern”, noted Mr. Hossaini.

The findings of MICS will assist the implementation of 2012 – 2015 Zimbabwe UN Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) and for planning the next ZUNDAF. In addition, the MICS will not only provide data on Zimbabwe’s progress on most of the MDG targets, it will also provide critical baselines for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Noting the positive impact of collaboration and joint support, the EU acting Charge d'Affaires and Head of Political Section, Mr. Giles Enticknap noted, “The latest MICS data is critical for measuring progress in the MDGs and in allocating funding for key social sector programmes.”

At the event, the Director General of ZIMSTAT, Mr. M. Dzinotizie said that the 2014 MICS, undertaken under the auspices of the 2012-2015 ZUNDAF, is one of several key national surveys.

The MICS and other surveys which include Population and Housing Census; Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey; Poverty, Income and Consumption Expenditure Survey; Labour and Child Labour Survey; and the Agriculture and Livestock Survey were conducted to improve timely generation  of data for policy and programme development and implementation by Government, UN and other Development Partners.

The 2014 MICS was mainly supported by the United Nations Agencies (UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF), the European Union, and United States Agency for International Development.

Read the 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey key findings report