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childhood development, immunization, child and women health, education, cooking fuel, dwelling type and ownership, protection of adolescents, injury and accidents have been collected in 2006. The MICS report was published and disseminated widely in 64 districts through seminars with important stakeholders.

45.The reports of all the above documents have already been published, except that MICS 2006 which is still in daft form (August 2006). Government and many other organizations are preparing different types of reports using the data of these surveys. MICS, Child Labour Surveys, and others were very much useful for this CRC Report. Capacity and quality of different government agencies, MoWCA BBS in particular, in terms of reporting has further improved.

46.The Sample Vital Registration System (SVRS) provides regular data on child mortality and Child Nutrition Survey generated comprehensive children data every four years. These surveys are carried out also by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

47.Bangladesh carried out a large survey to investigate the causes of under-five mortality and morbidity in 2003. This survey, conducted in 170,000 households revealed that injuries and accidents account for 29 per cent of all deaths among children 1-4 years (ICMH & UNICEF, 2003). Based on the findings, a new project has been undertaken to prevent injuries and accidents. Another survey conducted in 2003/04 established that 36 percent of infants are born with low birth weight (BBS & UNICEF, 2003/04). The anaemia survey of 2003 showed that anaemia is a severe public health problem in children aged 6-59 months and adolescents and pregnant women in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). BBS with the technical cooperation of ILOIPEC has conducted two rounds of Child Labour Survey in 1996 and 2003. Tehese were household based child labour surveys which provided comprehensive data on working children. A “Baseline Survey for Determining Hazardous Child Labour in Bangladesh” was also conducted in 2005. Under this survey 45 hazardous activities/sectors were identified and as many as 13,180 sample establishments from these sectors were selected. The main objective of this survey was not only to identify the child workers but also to determine incidence and distribution of children engaged in hazardous works.

48.The State Party has been maintaining cooperation with international organizations since long. The development partners in the recent years are showing increased interest in empowering women and children, resulted higher assistance and cooperation with MoWCA, so that matter with the State Party. Not only the number of development partners is increasing, the volume and magnitude of cooperation is also on rise in the recent years for programmes relating to children. There were many development partners; however, UNICEF always remained proactive so far support to children is concerned.

E.  Coordination of implementation activities

49.The MoWCA is responsible for coordinating child related activities with 18 ministries. The Ministry has made a proposal to create a Department of Children Affairs which is under consideration of the appropriate authority. MoWCA arranges meetings of the Inter-ministerial CRC Standing Committee headed by its Secretary. The Committee advises on major policy matters such as preparation of the NPA for Children, celebration of annual CRC Week, monitoring and reporting mechanisms on children’s issues.

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