Countdown to 2015 Reports, Briefing Notes and Publications

Countdown to 2015 Reports

Countdown launched its 2015 Report, A Decade of Tracking Progress for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: The 2015 Report, on October 19, 2015, at the first Global Maternal & Newborn Health Conference, held in Mexico City. Reports produced prior to the 2015 Report can be found at the links below.

Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children: The 2014 Report

Accountability for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival: The 2013 Update

Building a Future for Women and Children: The 2012 Report

Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (2000-2010)

Tracking Progress in Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: The 2008 Report

Tracking Progress in Child Survival: The 2005 Report 

Countdown to 2015 Briefing Notes

In addition to reports, Countdown to 2015 produced several Briefing Notes representing the most recent Countdown findings at the time on specific areas of interest. These thematic or country-focused policy briefs offered evidence-based, actionable Countdown data, analysis, and charts, in a concise and straightforward format for use by advocates and policy makers and are available for download by clicking here.

Countdown to 2015 Publications

The following is complete list of publications generated under Countdown to 2015. To view the publications produced under Countdown to 2030, please click here.


  • Keats EC, Macharia W, Singh NS, Akseer N, Ravishankar N, Ngugi AK, Rizvi A, Khaemba EN, Tole J, Bhutta ZA. Accelerating Kenya’s progress to 2030: understanding the determinants of under-five mortality from 1990 to 2015. BMJ Glob Health. 2018 May 24;3(3):e000655. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2017-000655. eCollection 2018.
  • Grollman C, Cavallaro FL, Duclos D, Bakare V, Martínez Álvarez M, Borghi J. Donor funding for family planning: levels and trends between 2003 and 2013. Health Policy Plan. 2018 May 1;33(4):574-582. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czy006.
  • Borghi J, Munthali S, Million LB, Martinez-Alvarez M. Health financing at district level in Malawi: an analysis of the distribution of funds at two points in time.  Health Policy Plan. 2018 Jan 1;33(1):59-69. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czx130.


  • Martinez-Alvarez M, Acharya A, Arregoces L, Brearley L, Pitt C, Grollman C, Borghi J. Trends In The Alignment And Harmonization Of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, And Child Health Funding, 2008-13. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Nov;36(11):1876-1886. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0364.
  • Ruducha J, Mann C, Singh NS, Gemebo TD, Tessema NS, Baschieri A, Friberg I, Zerfu TA, Yassin M, Franca GA, Berman P. How Ethiopia achieved Millennium Development Goal 4 through multisectoral interventions: a Countdown to 2015 case study. Lancet Glob Health. 2017 Nov;5(11):e1142-e1151. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30331-5.
  • Ewerling F, Lynch JW, Victora CG, van Eerdewijk A, Tyszler M, Barros AJD4. The SWPER index for women’s empowerment in Africa: development and validation of an index based on survey data. The Lancet Global Health. 2017 Sep;5(9):e916-e923. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30292-9.
  • Gao, Y, Zhou H, Singh N, Powell-Jackson T, Nash S, Yang M, Guo S, Fang H, Martinez Alvarez M, Liu X, Pan J, Wang Y, and Ronsmans C. Progress and challenges in maternal health in western China: a Countdown to 2015 national case study. The Lancet Global Health. March 2017.
  • Grollman C, Arregoces L, Martinez-Alvarez M, Pitt C, Powell-Jackson T, Hsu J, Greco G, Borghi J. Developing a dataset to track aid for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, 2003–2013.  Scientific Data 4, Article number: 170038 (2017). doi:10.1038/sdata.2017.38.
  • Grollman C, Arregoces L, Martínez-Álvarez M,  Pitt C,  Mills A,  Borghi J.  11 years of tracking aid to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health: estimates and analysis for 2003-13 from the Countdown to 2015.  The Lancet Global Health, Volume 5, Issue 1: January 2017, pages e104-114. DOI 1016/S2214-109X(16)30304-7
  • Huicho L,  Huayanay-Espinoza CA,  Herrera-Perez E,  Segura ER,  Niño de Guzman J, Rivera-Ch M,  Barros AJD. Factors behind the success story of under-five stunting in Peru: a district ecological multilevel analysis. BMC Pediatrics (2017) 17:29 DOI 1186/s12887-017-0790
  • Keats EC, Ngugi A, Macharia W, Akseer N, Khaemba EN, Bhatti Z, Rizvi A, Tole J, Bhutta ZA. Progress and priorities for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health in Kenya: a Countdown to 2015 country case study. The Lancet Global Health. 2017 Aug;5(8):e782-e795. doi: 1016/S2214-109X(17)30246-2.
  • Malik MA, Nahyoun AS, Rizvi A, Bhatti ZA, Bhutta ZA.  Expenditure tracking and review of reproductive maternal, newborn and child health policy in Pakistan.  Health Policy Plan.Volume 32, Issue 6, 1 July 2017, Pages 781–790,
  • Pitt C, Grollman C, Martínez-Álvarez M, Arregoces L, Lawn JE, Borghi J. Countdown to 2015: an analysis of donor funding for prenatal and neonatal health, 2003-2013. BMJ Global Health 4 April 2017.
  • Pozo-Martin F, Nove A, Castro Lopes S, Campbell J, Buchan J, Dussault G, Kunjumen T, Cometto G, Siyam A. Health workforce metrics pre- and post-2015: a stimulus to public policy and planning. Human Resources for Health 15:14 (February 2017). DOI: 1186/s12960-017-0190-7





  • Hsu J, Pitt C, Berman P, Mills A, Reproductive health priorities: evidence from a resource tracking analysis of official development assistance in 2009 and 2010, Lancet, 18 May 2013. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60762-X
  • Walker N, Yenokyan G, Friberg I, Bryce J, Patterns in coverage of maternal, newborn, and child health interventions: projections of neonatal and under-5 mortality to 2035, Lancet, 21 September 2013. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61748-1[547 KB]