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The COVID-19 pandemic created an urgent need for timely information to help monitor and mitigate the socio-economic impact of the crisis. The information is essential to inform the policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation process. Responding to this information need, the Zimbabwe Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT), together with the World Bank and UNICEF, designed a high-frequency telephone survey of households to measure the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe. The high-frequency telephone survey is based on the Poverty, Income, Consumption and Expenditure Surveys (PICES) of 2017 and 2019. The surveys used a sample of 1,747 households in the first round, 1,639 households in round two, 1,235 households in round 3, 1,319 households in round 4, 1,093 households in round 5, and 1,351 households in round 6, from all ten provinces of Zimbabwe . The sample is representative of urban as well as rural areas. This survey is referred to as the Rapid PICES Monitoring Telephone Survey and is jointly funded by the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund (ZIMREF) and UNICEF. ZIMSTAT is implementing the survey with technical support from the World Bank and UNICEF.
This report summarizes the results of the sixth round of Rapid PICES, conducted from 12 September to 23 October 2021, and compares them to findings of the

Rapid PICES Survey Dates from Round 1 to Round 6

   First Round            -    6 to 24 July 2020

   Second Round        -    24 August to 23 September 2020

   Third Round           -    15 December 2020 to 10 March 2021

   Fourth Round         -    1 to 27 May 2021

   Fifth Round            -    14 June to July 26, 2021

   Sixth Round           -    12 September to 23 October, 2021


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