The main objectives of the survey were:
1- To provide reliable data on the situation of women and children in order to prepare the National Report on the End-Decade Goals set at the World Summit for Children held in 1990.
2- To provide information that can be used in the evaluation of the joint projects between the Government of Lebanon and UNICEF
3- To provide data on the largest number of indicators that can be used in developing future plans of cooperation between the Government of Lebanon and UNICEF
4- To develop the database available and build-up the technical capacities of the Central Administration of Statistics in planning and implementing surveys according to international standards.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
The scope of Lebanon 2000 MICS includes:
- Household listing
- Child labor
- Child disability
- Water and sanitation
- Salt iodization
- Child mortality
- Maternal and newborn health
- Vitamin A
- Care of illness
Producers and sponsors
Central Bureau of Statistics
United Nations Children's Fund
The sample was selected to provide data on health, education, and social indicators related to the situation of children in Lebanon as a whole and in each of the five governorates (South , North, Beqaa, Beirut, Mount Lebanon), as well as in the four most underserved districts as group (Akkar, Minyeh/Dannieh, Baalbeck, Hermel). The sample was determined at 8125 households distributed on the five governorates. The sampling was done in two stages. The first stage included random selection of 65 ilots from each of the five governorates based on the sampling frame set by the Census of Buildings undertaken in 1995-1996. The second stage was through the selection of 25 households systematically from each of the 25 ilots. For those ilots that had less than 25 households, the total number of households was considered.
out of 7784 households in the sample, a total of 7231 were found occupied while the rest were vacant. From those information was obtained for 6834 households, hence yielding a response rate of 94.5 percent at national level. There were disparities however in the response rate, highest in Beqaa (98.8 percent) and lowest in Beirut (88.2 percent). It is noteworthy here that the low response rate in Beirut is attributed to the fact that the survey took place in the summer, where many of its inhabitants and of the inhabitants of major cities leave on holidays. It also coincided with the liberation of the regions of South Lebanon and West Beqaa and the subsequent population movements. In addition, there was a relatively high rate of rejection among the target group in Beirut, compared to the other governorates.
A total of 4245 women from the target group (i.e. women in child bearing age 15 49 years) have been identified in the households targeted. Of those, 4244 have been interviewed, yielding a response rate of about 100 percent. In addition, information was obtained on 2786 children under five out of 2803 identified in the households, equivalent to a response rate of 99.2 percent.
The number of questions for which answers are missing is very low, hence indicating the high quality of the data.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
The survey team was composed of 12 supervisors and 88 interviewers who worked in the various governorates. They were trained in two sessions. The first was held for three days from 29 to 31 May 2000 and the second was held from 1 3 June 2000. The data was collected from the filed between 1 July and 30 September 2000.
The national committee of the survey reviewed the questionnaires developed by UNICEF at the international level. The necessary modifications were introduced in order to meet the requirements of the government bodies and to fit the local conditions. A number of questions were introduced on the households, the equipment used, the monthly income, employment, education, reasons behind illiteracy and drop-out from school. The questionnaire on the under five children was amended to include more information on early child development. Information was also collected on home injuries and child labor among children aged 6 18 years inside and outside the home. The questionnaires were field tested and modified accordingly.
Data entry was made between 1 August and 31 October 2000. Data entry was made using ten computers following ORACLE. In order to guarantee the quality of data entry, the
questionnaires were entered twice in parallel and were counterchecked. Data processing started from the beginning of November until the end of 2000, while the present report was prepared in January 2001.
MICS Programme Manager
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- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
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