Children and women in urban slums worse off than rest of the country, reveals BBS-UNICEF survey

Urban slums have the worst performance regarding women’s and children’s wellbeing and access to basic services compared to rural and non-slum urban areas, reveals a Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS)-UNICEF survey released today.

The complete results of the 2009 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), a national survey on the situation of women and children, were presented today at a public launch presided over by Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) A K. Khander, M.P., Minister of Planning and attended by Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, State Minister of Women and Children Affairs as Special Guest and Carel de Rooy, UNICEF Representative and Guest of honour.

For the first time, the 481 upazilas of Bangladesh have been ranked according to their performance on 23 key social indicators. This rich set of data shows clearly the geographical areas which are lagging behind in achieving some of the Millennium Development Goals. The survey points at huge disparities between districts and even between upazilas (sub-districts) within a given district. But it also reveals that urban slums are generally worse off than most of the low-performing rural areas.

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