MICS Survey

MICS is the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide. MICS is at its 6 Rounds now. Tonga MICS 2019 is the first ever MICS survey conducted in Tonga and the 2nd country in the Pacific Region to held MICS6, Kiribati being the first in 2018.

This is indeed a milestone for Tonga and for TSD to be able to implement, monitor and report such complex international household survey at the global standard.
It covers the largest number of Sustainable

Development Goals indicators among the major international household survey programs.

We have identified all MICS related indicators and you will find 174 indicators in the Fact Sheet. Tonga MICS produces some SDG indicators from GOAL 1 to 7, Goal 10, Goal 16 and 17. All together TMICS produces 36 SGD indicators.

This survey consists of 6 Questionnaires:

  1. Household Questionnaire
  2. Individual questionnaire for Women (age 15-49)
  3. Individual questionnaire for Men (age 15-49)
  4. Children Age 5-17 Years Questionnaire
  5. Children Under 5 Years Questionnaire
  6. Water Quality Testing Questionnaire

In addition to the administration of questionnaires, fieldwork teams tested the salt used for cooking in households for iodine content, observed the place for handwashing, measured the weights and heights of children age under 5 years, and tested household and source water for E.coli levels.

Further the questionnaire for children age 5 – 17 years included a reading and mathematics assessment administered to children age 7 – 14 years.

For all children age 0-2 years with a completed Questionnaire for Children Under Five, the Questionnaire Form for Vaccination Records at Health Facility, was also used to record vaccinations from the records maintained at health facilities.

Sample Coverage

Preliminary Release 

Fact Sheet - Tonga MICS 2019

This fact sheet covers 12 topics namely:

  1. Household characteristics
  2. Use of tobacco and alcohol; also Living arrangements
  3. Child mortality
  4. Maternal health
  5. Reproductive and sexual behavior
  6. Child health, immunization and seeking care for illness
  7. Child nutrition and development
  8. Learn (School attendance, Education Parity Indices, Parental involvement and functional reading and number skills)
  9. Child discipline, labor, marriage and development
  10. Domestic Violence – Protected from violence and exploitation
  11. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – Live in a safe and clean environment
  12. Equitable chance in life.

*Click on the link below to download

Tonga MICS Fact Sheet

The Situation of children and their vulnerabilities to COVID-19 in Tonga

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has put the world in a crisis footing and children risk being its biggest victims. This is a universal crisis and for some children, the impact will be lifelong.

Moreover, the harmful effects of this pandemic will not be distributed equally. They are expected to be most damaging for children in the poorest households, and for those in already disadvantage or vulnerable situations. Timely, disaggregated, and quality data on the situation of children can help identify where the most vulnerable live so that interventions to counteract the potential adverse effects of COVID19 can be implemented to reach those most in need.

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Tonga MICS 2019 COVID19 and Children

*Above documents released where made possible with the technical support provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Pacific Community (SPC.)

 *Though the Overall Finding Report and Thematic Snapshots will be released soon

Contact Person: Telekaki Latavao

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