Palestinian Refugee Camps, Lebanon


Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, Palestinian Refugee Camps, Lebanon 2006


Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women


MICS 2006

Translated Title

MICS, Palestinian Refugee Camps, Lebanon 2006

Survey Type

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey - Round 3 [hh/mics-3]

Series Information

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, Round 3 (MICS3) is the third round of MICS surveys, previously conducted around 1995 (MICS1) and 2000 (MICS2).  Many questions and indicators are consistent and compatible with the prior round of MICS (MICS2) but less so with MICS1, although there have been a number of changes in definition of indicators between rounds.  Details can be found by reviewing the indicator definitions.


Version Description

Version 1.0: edited data used for final report

Production Date




The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is a household survey programme developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring human development in general and the situation of children and women in particular.  MICS is capable of producing statistically sound, internationally comparable estimates of social indicators. The current round of MICS is focused on providing a monitoring tool for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the World Fit for Children (WFFC), as well as for other major international commitments, such as the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV/AIDS and the Abuja targets for malaria.

Survey Objectives 

The 2006   Palestinian Refugee Camps, Lebanon Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey has as its primary objectives:

To provide up-to-date information for assessing the situation of children and women in Generic

To furnish data needed for monitoring progress toward goals established in the Millennium Declaration, the goals of A World Fit For Children (WFFC), and other internationally agreed upon goals, as a basis for future action;

To contribute to the improvement of data and monitoring systems in Generic and to strengthen technical expertise in the design, implementation, and analysis of such systems.

Survey Content

MICS questionnaires are designed in a modular fashion that can be easily customized to the needs of a country.  They consist of a household questionnaire, a questionnaire for women aged 15-49 and a questionnaire for children under the age of five (to be administered to the mother or caretaker). Other than a set of core modules, countries can select which modules they want to include in each questionnaire.

Survey Implementation

The surveys are typically carried out by government organizations, with the support and assistance of UNICEF and other partners.  Technical assistance and training for the surveys is provided through a series of regional workshops, covering questionnaire content, sampling and survey implementation; data processing; data quality and data analysis; report writing and dissemination.

Survey results

Results from the surveys, including national reports, standard sets of tabulations and micro level datasets will all be made widely available after completion of the surveys.  Results from the surveys will also be made available in DevInfo format. DevInfo v5.0 is a powerful database system which has been adapted from UNICEF's ChildInfo technology to specifically monitor progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.  MICS Results will also be available through UNICEF's web site dedicated to monitoring the situation of children and women at www.childinfo.org.  Results of the prior round of MICS can already be found at this site.

Kind of Data

Sample survey data [ssd]

Unit of Analysis

Households (defined as a group of persons who usually live and eat together)

De jure household members (defined as memers of the household who usually live in the household, which may include people who did not sleep in the household the previous night, but does not include visitors who slept in the household the previous night but do not usually live in the household)

Women aged 15-49

Children aged 0-4


Description of Scope

Lebanon (Palestinian Refugee Camps)  scope of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey includes:

HOUSEHOLD QUESTIONNAIRE : Household Listing, Education, Water and Sanitation Facilities, Household , Background Characteristics, Child Discipline, Child Labour, and Salt Iodization.

WOMEN'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Women's characteristics, Child Mortality, Tetanus Toxoid, Maternal and Newborn Health, Contraception, and HIV/AIDS.

CHILDREN'S QUESTIONNAIRE: Children's characteristics, Birth Registration and Early Learning, Vitamin A, Breastfeeding, Care of Illness, Immunization, and Anthropometry.

Topic Classifications

Household listing
Water and sanitation
Household background characteristics
Child discipline
Child labour
Salt iodization
Women's background
Child mortality
Tetanus toxoid
Maternal and newborn health
Children's background
Birth registration
Early learning
Vitamin A
Care of illness


Geographic Coverage

The survey is representative and covers the whole of refugee camps and gatherings in Lebanon.


The survey covered all de jure household members (usual residents), all women aged 15-49 years resident in the household, and all children aged 0-4 years (under age 5) resident in the household.

Producers and Sponsors

Primary Investigator(s)

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and Natural Resources (PCBS)

Other Producers

UNICEF - UNICEF Lebanon Country Office (UNICEF): International technical assistance
PAPFAM - Pan Arab Project for Family Health (Arab League): International technical assistance
Palestinian NGO's : Funding of survey implementation
Lebanese Ministry of Health : Funding of survey implementation


UNICEF - UNICEF Lebanon Country Office : Funding of survey implementation
UNICEF - UNICEF HQ : Funding of survey implementation

Metadata Production

Metadata produced by:

TNC - Croft, Trevor (Blancroft Research International): Producer of generic template
PAPFAM (Pan Arab Project for Family Health): Customization of generic template
Bjelic, Ivana : Data archiving consultant

Date of metadata publication


DDI Document Version

PLS Lebanon MICS 2006 v0.1

DDI Document ID

DDI-PCBS-PLS Lebanon-MICS2006/1.0-v0.1
Generated: OCT-21-2009 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit