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Last update: May 2009

Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys - Round 3

The third round of MICS focused on providing a monitoring tool for the World Fit for Children (WFFC) Declaration and Plan of Action, the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as for other major international commitments, such as the goals of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS and the Abuja targets for malaria. Data on 21 MDG indicators were collected in the third round of MICS, making MICS3 a key source of data for MDG monitoring. The rationale and need for MICS3 surveys was outlined in an Executive Directive (Ex.Dir. CF/EXD/2004-20) in 2004.

Content of MICS3

The MICS questionnaires are modular tools that can be adapted to the needs of a country. In MICS3, as in the previous rounds, three model questionnaires were developed: a household questionnaire, a questionnaire for women aged 15-49, and a questionnaire for children under the age of 5 (addressed to the mother or primary caretaker of the child). The third round of surveys covered many of the same topics as the earlier rounds and provided updated estimates and trends for many indicators. In addition, new indicators were included to provide baseline data or estimates of coverage for other priority issues.
The modules available in MICS3 are the following:


Household characteristics, household listing, education, child labour, water and sanitation, salt iodization, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, and support to children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, with optional modules for disability, child discipline, security of tenure and durability of housing, source and cost of supplies for ITNs, and maternal mortality.


Women's characteristics, child mortality, tetanus toxoid, maternal and newborn health, marriage/union, contraceptive use, HIV/AIDS knowledge, malaria, polygyny, female genital mutilation, and sexual behaviour, with optional modules for unmet need, security of tenure, and attitudes toward domestic violence.


Children's characteristics, birth registration and early learning, vitamin A, breastfeeding, care of illness, malaria, immunization, and anthropometry, with optional modules for child development, and source and cost of supplies of ORS, antibiotics and antimalarials.