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Last update: Jul 2010

Childinfo News: Issue # 3

In this edition, you will find information on:

• Latest report of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation1

• Launch of Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (2000-2010): Taking stock of maternal, newborn and child survival2

• Statistical Country Profiles3

• Latest on Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)4

• International Conferences and Report Launches5

• Have You Watched Our Videos?6

Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water - 2010 update

In April 2010, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation published the new global estimates on access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. The new estimates, country profiles, maps, graphs and tables are available both on the JMP website as well as on our website.

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Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (2000-2010): Taking stock of maternal, newborn and child survival

The Countdown to 2015 Decade Report was launched at the Women Deliver Conference in Washington, D.C on 7 June 2010.


The Countdown to 2015 global initiative was formed in 2005 with the aim of holding governments accountable for their commitments to achieving the Millennium Development Goal related to child mortality (MDG 4). This global initiative was subsequently expanded to monitor progress in maternal health (MDG 5) and is comprised of academics, governments, international agencies, health-care professional associations, donors and non-governmental organizations, with The Lancet as a key partner.


The Countdown to 2015 Decade Report:


• uses country-specific data to stimulate and support country progress towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


• focuses on coverage of effective interventions for maternal, newborn and child health and coverage determinants, including health systems and policies, financial flows and equity.

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Statistical Country Profiles

Updated Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival Country Profiles, as well as updated Nutrition Country Profiles are now available on our website.


The coverage and impact indicators included in the Country Profiles represent a core set of indicators to monitor progress in maternal, newborn and child survival and development, including the areas of health, nutrition, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, child protection and education. These profiles also include data on disparities.  


These indicators represent long-standing, well-established survival and development indicators that are harmonized with other global monitoring efforts, including the Millennium Development Goals, the World Fit for Children, Countdown to 2015 and UNICEF’s medium-term strategic plan. They also reflect a broad consensus within UNICEF on the indicators best suited for monitoring child and maternal survival and development. 


The structure of the Country Profiles follows that of the Countdown to 2015 profiles (available at: http://www.childinfo.org/countdown_638.htm). There is also an additional page that reports on disparities in each of these core indicators (including by area of residence, gender and wealth). The data in these profiles reflect the most recent estimates available at UNICEF's New York headquarter and are harmonized with The State of the World’s Children, Special Edition - launched in November 2009 - to the extent possible.  


Coverage data are largely based on national-level household surveys such as the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) as well as other sources, including administrative data. Inter-agency adjusted estimates, such as those for mortality (under-five mortality rate, infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate), immunization and water/sanitation, are also included in the UNICEF country profiles.
For the majority of indicators, UNICEF global databases were used. Other organizations such as the World Health Organization, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the United Nations Population Fund, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Saving Newborn Lives also provided data. 

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Latest on the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) -- Argentina Joins the Global Programme

List of confirmed MICS4 surveys, as of June 2010

Argentina, with a population of over 40 million people, the eighth-largest country in the world by land area and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations, has recently confirmed its participation in the fourth round of MICS. In addition to Argentina, the list of confirmed MICS4 surveys includes stand-alone MICS4 surveys as well as surveys conducted in collaboration with other survey programmes that have included MICS4 modules, have adopted MICS4 methodology and are receiving MICS4 technical assistance. The list is updated as survey plans are confirmed.
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The MICS Process

The latest film on MICS, "The MICS Process" is now available on our website. The MICS Process is a 11-minute film that takes you through the evolution of MICS and describes how MICS is implemented in the field. It explores the critical role played by national governments and highlights the type of support UNICEF provides.
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International Conferences and Report Launches


Population Association of America (PAA) - April 2010: Staff of UNICEF’s Statistics and Monitoring Section (SMS) organized an exhibit during the PAA Conference from 14 to 17 April in Dallas, Texas. The conference attracted around 2,000 participants from all over the world – demographers, researchers, academics, public health specialists, non-governmental organization representatives, health management staff, advocates and activists. The exhibit focused on the leading role SMS plays in terms of data collection, analysis and dissemination (including DevInfo) on the global situation of children and women.  


SMS staff also organized a presentation on Monitoring MDG 4: The work of the Inter-agency Group on Child Mortality Estimation (IGME). Participants learned about the methodology used by IGME to estimate child mortality and about CME Info, the Child Mortality Estimates database used by IGME. Presenters were Kenneth Hill, Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Chair of the Technical Advisory Group of the IGME, and Danzhen You, UNICEF’s Child Mortality Specialist in SMS. The key discussant was John R. Wilmoth, Associate Professor in the Department of Demography of the University of California at Berkeley.
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Women Deliver - June 2010: Tessa Wardlaw, Chief of SMS, attended the Women Deliver 2010 global conference held in Washington DC on 6-9 June on the theme "Delivering solutions for girls and women”. Dr. Wardlaw presented on Countdown to 2015: Taking stock of maternal, newborn and child survival - Decade Report (2000-2010). A copy of her presentation can be found here. This third Countdown to 2015 report, launched at the conference, benefited from the support of SMS staff – Tessa Wardlaw, Holly Newby and Archana Dwivedi – for the preparation of country profiles designed to appraise country-specific improvements, and for input on the data analysis for the report and that of Priscilla Akwara, David Brown, Danielle Burke, Rouslan Karimov, Rolf Luyendijk and Danzhen You for their input and review.
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Global Health Council (GHC) - June 2010: Tessa Wardlaw also attended the GHC Conference during which more than 2,500 practitioners, global health and world leaders, activists, multi-lateral organizations, the public and private sectors, members of academia and researchers met in Washington, D.C. to discuss global health goals and metrics at the Global Health Council's 37th Annual International Conference. Dr. Wardlaw presented during the opening plenary on Progress Towards the Health Related MDGs (Goals 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7).
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International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference - July 2010: This event, first held in 1981, took place this year in Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 11 to 13 July 2010. Claudia Cappa, UNICEF’s Child Protection Specialist in the Statistics and Monitoring Section (SMS), presented the results of a report on childhood parental discipline practices based on data from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS). The report was jointly prepared by UNICEF and the Child Protection Research Center at the American Humane Association. Around 400 researchers from around the world attended this yearly conference that was sponsored by the Family Research Laboratory and the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Research is the focus of these conferences, offering researchers and scientist/practitioners from a broad array of disciplines a unique opportunity to come together for the purpose of sharing, integrating and critiquing accumulated knowledge on family violence.
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Upcoming Activity


International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) - September 2010: This will be the 18th International Congress and will be held from 26 to 29 September 2010 in Hawaii. The theme is: One World, One Family, Many Cultures: Strengthening children and families affected by personal, intra-familial and global conflict. UNICEF’s SMS Child Protection Specialist, Claudia Cappa, will present the results of the report on childhood parental discipline practices mentioned above. Work is under way to organize the official launch of the report during the Congress that should attract more than 1,500 multidisciplinary professionals working in the field of child maltreatment. Daniel Vadnais, SMS Communication Specialist, will also participate and manage a booth in the exhibit area.
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Have You Watched Our Videos?


If an image is worth 1,000 words, imagine a video! Watch our videos and learn more on what we do and how we do it. Videos currently available include those on DevInfo and MICS.
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