The 2000 Afghanistan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey has as its primary objectives:
- To provide up-to-date information for assessing the situation of children and women in Afghanistan at the end of the decade and for looking forward to the next decade;
- To furnish data needed for monitoring progress toward goals established at the World Summit for Children (1990) and a basis for future action;
- To contribute to the improvement of data and monitoring systems in Afghanistan and to strengthen technical expertise in the design, implementation, analysis and interpretation of such systems.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Unit of Analysis
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
Institutional Consultancy Services
German Technical Cooperation
Central Statistics Office
United Nations Children's Fund
The sample for the Afghanistan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS2) was designed to provide estimates of health, nutrition, water and environmental sanitation, education and children’s rights indicators at the national level, for urban and rural areas, and for the following regions: West-Central, Central, Eastern, North-Eastern, South-Eastern, Western, Southern and Northern. The sample was selected in four stages. A sample of 3,198 households was drawn and 97 districts (census enumeration areas) were selected, with at least 1cluster in each province (Appendix B). The sample districts were selected following the EPI Cluster Sampling Technique. Within each cluster, lists of villages, that were occupied, were made along with obtaining estimates of population sizes of villages. The required number of villages was selected through the application of the EPI sampling technique. Within each village the required number of households was selected randomly through spinning of a bottle.
Of the 3198 households selected for the Afghanistan MICS sample, survey was carried out to cover 880 households in 22 clusters, out of which 879 were interviewed with a household response rate of 100 percent.
Dates of Data Collection (YYYY/MM/DD)
Mode of data collection
Type of Research Instrument
The questionnaires for the Afghanistan MICS2 were based on the MICS2 Model Questionnaire with some modifications and additions as required and recommended by the Afghanistan MICS2 Steering Committee.
A household questionnaire was administered in each household, which collected various types of information on household members including sex, age, literacy, marital status, and orphanhood status, availability of radios, BBC “New Home, New Life”. The household questionnaire also included education, child labor, water and sanitation, and salt iodization modules. In addition to a household questionnaire, questionnaires were administered in each household for only married women age 12-49 and children under age five. For children, the questionnaire was administered to the mother or caretaker of the child.
The questionnaire for women contains the following modules:
- Child mortality
- Tetanus toxoid
- Maternal and newborn health
- Contraceptive use.
- Last 3 pregnancies
- Hemoglobin testing of women
The questionnaire for children under age five includes modules on:
- Birth certificates
- Vitamin A
- Care of Illness
- Night blindness
From the MICS2 model English version, modified and adapted questionnaires were translated into two languages: Pashto and Dari. The modified and new questions were checked on relevance and validity through consultation with specialists of the subject matter and of Afghan culture. The questionnaires were pre-tested during April 2000, along with the field training of the field team. Based on the results of the pretest, modifications were made to the wording and translation of the questionnaires.
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