About nine percent of children between the ages of 2 and 17 have functional difficulties in at least one domain, according to their mothers / guardians. By domain of difficulty, nine percent of children aged 5 to 17 have anxiety, while two percent suffer from sadness or depression, according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) of the State Statistical Office, conducted during 2018-2019, as part of the Global Program on the Situation of Children and Women.

According to the survey, most of the children in the poorest households experience functional difficulties in any of the domains, compared to their peers in the richest households – 13 vs. 4 percent.

The survey also shows that about 10 percent of children aged 2 to 17 wear glasses, while less than 1 percent use equipment or receive walking assistance.

The Global MICS program was developed by UNICEF in the 1990s as an international multi-purpose household survey program to assist countries in collecting internationally comparable data on a wide range of child and women status indicators.