There are only a few countries that have joined and conducted MICS surveys in all 6 rounds of MICS since the 1990s. Countries decide to join the programme according to their data needs at any point in time; therefore, some countries may have joined one round and skipped the next, and rejoined the next round – Belarus, for instance. There are also countries that rejoin after a long absence, such as Lesotho, but also countries that conducted one or two MICS surveys in the very early years, but have not conducted MICS surveys ever since – like India or Maldives.
With Viet Nam signing the Memorandum of Understanding and starting to work officially to design their next MICS survey, we will now have, by the end of MICS6, 5 countries that will have conducted MICS in every round of the programme. In this special club of countries, in addition to Viet Nam, are Guinea-Bissau, Mongolia, Nigeria and Serbia. The figure on this page shows the number of countries by the number of MICS rounds they have participated. Overall, 116 countries have conducted at least one MICS survey at one point in time – and 61 of those countries are conducting one or more MICS6 surveys.
Questionnaires and methodology change over time, as per developments in the focus areas of interest in children’s lives, and with innovations in household survey methodology. Still, countries such as Viet Nam have the distinct possibility of tracking changes in a large number of indicators, and changes in their population compositions over a period of 25 years, by using MICS data. In the case of Viet Nam, MICS surveys have been conducted in 1996, 2000, 2006, 2010-11 and 2013-14, and the next one will be this year, spanning a period of 24 years.
The MICS programme welcomes Viet Nam to MICS6, and looks forward to the successful completion of the survey in 2020.