Countdown Update Fosters Country Accountability, Supports Global Strategy

As follow-up to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, Countdown to 2015 released Accountability for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival: An update on progress in priority countries, with updated profiles on high-burden priority countries that account for over 95% of maternal and child deaths. The report will be launched at the 126th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which takes place in Kampala, Uganda from 31 March through 5 April 2012.

The profiles in this publication highlight how well each country is doing in increasing coverage of high-impact interventions that can save the lives of millions of women and children. The core indicators included in these updated profiles, selected in 2011 by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, encompass key elements of the reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) continuum of care. The report also includes a brief report providing a snapshot of progress on these core indicators across the priority countries, revealing promising news as well as challenges that still remain to be addressed.

Countdown to 2015 is contributing significantly to the global accountability agenda around the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, an unprecedented plan to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015, which was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2010. Countdown’s key role in fostering accountability consists of:

    * Preparing Countdown profiles focused on the Commission’s indicators—the profiles published in this report will be updated every year with new data and results
    * Producing global-level analyses, reports, and cross-cutting research on coverage and its determinants
    * Conducting special analyses to address accountability questions—Countdown research will inform the work of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG), appointed by the Secretary-General to report annually on progress in implementing the Commission’s recommendations regarding reporting, oversight, and accountability
    * Supporting country-level Countdown processes that include national consultations, workshops, or publications utilizing Countdown data and methodological approaches—Countdown will publish a toolkit to assist countries in implementing their own Countdown processes later in 2012

The country profiles in this publication, customized to showcase the Commission indicators, are adapted from the full, two-page Countdown country profile, which Countdown produces on a roughly two-year cycle. Full country profiles will be included in Countdown’s 2012 Report, which will be published in June 2012.

Download this publication: Low-resolution PDF — complete report (9.4 MB)

High-resolution PDF: Cover and front matter (2.4 MB); Introduction (6.8 MB)

Country profiles: A — E (17.3 MB); G — M (17.5 MB); N — Z (18.3 MB)

Entry Comments

    • Mar 25
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    This is an important report, however, a lot of the data is outdated (i.e. 2006, 2007). I’m not sure that we can really say where we are on several of the MNCH indicators if all we have is data from 2006. Considering it’s 2012, that’s already 6 years old data.

    I think it’s really important to keep reminding the countries about their commitment to MDGs to help sustain the efforts. And I can appreciate the role of the Countdown 2015 in trying to promote the global accountability. However, to do this, or rather as part of the accountability agenda, we need current (and reliable) data to understand what’s going on with respect to the progress on these important indicators, and to help the countries set priorities and focus on the areas that are the worst of.

  1. A lot of work still to be done, but we are on course and we shall get there.

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