The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a household survey implemented by countries under the programme developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund to provide internationally comparable, statistically rigorous data on the situation of children and women.

The MICS is the largest source of household survey data of its kind covering a wide range of topics on women and children that include: demographic characteristics, literacy and education; clean water access, sanitation and hygiene; water quality; energy use; reproductive health; child mortality; nutrition; child health; child development; child protection; child functioning; victimization; social transfers; subjective well-being; mass media and information and communication technology (ICT); tobacco and alcohol use as well as HIV/AIDS and sexual behaviour.

One key goal the MICS intends to achieve is the collection of disaggregated data for the identification of inequities and disparities to allow for evidence based policy-making aimed at social inclusion of the most vulnerable in our society. This data helps monitor Trinidad and Tobago’s progress in achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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Some of the data collected from the surveys include:

Indicator MICS2 - 2000 MICS3 - 2006 MICS4 - 2011
% % %
Use of improved drinking water sources 93.6 96.4 98.7
Antenatal Care 92.4 95.7 95.1
Skilled attendant at delivery 96.0 97.8 98.4
Primary school net attendance ratio 89.3 97.7 98.7
Child Labour 4.1 0.7 2.3
Knowledge of HIV prevention among young people 37.8 57.5 60.2
Birth Registration 93.8 95.8 96.5
Attendance to early childhood education 70.2 74.7 84.5
Contraceptive prevalence rate 38.2 42.5 40.3
Iodized salt consumption 1.2 27.8 47.4


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