Countdown Side Session at the 9th African Population Conference

Routine health facility data are essential sources for real-time monitoring of the coverage of health services for national and local planning and programming. They are frequent, timely and available at local levels. However, they are under utilized due to data quality issues and challenges in determining appropriate denominators for coverage...

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First training for the 2024 cohort of the Countdown 2030 fellowship program (Fellows Analytical Training—FAT1 2024)

The Countdown 2030 for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (CD2030) has launched in 2024 a Fellowship Program to strengthen research and analytical capacities for monitoring and tracking the progress of life-saving interventions for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) in CD2030 collaborating countries in Africa. Every...

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Maternal Newborn Health Exemplars Study Published

Seven positive outlier countries reduced maternal and newborn mortality during 2000-2020 through: Increasing contact with maternity services; Improving quality of those services; Reducing fertility and increasing access to safe abortion; and Strengthening government commitment, resources, financing, and progressive implementation and learning. These findings from the maternal newborn health (MNH) exemplars...

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Countdown Holds Its 2024 Annual Meeting

From April 22- 26, 2024, Countdown to 2030 convened its 2024 annual meeting in Kigali, Rwanda under the theme, “Producing Reliable National and SubNational Health Statistics with a Focus on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N).”  The meeting was hosted by African Population and Health Research Center...

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Countdown Researcher Appointed Senegal’s Health Minister

One of the researchers from the Countdown collaboration in Senegal was recently appointed the country’s Minister of Health and Social Action. Dr. Ibrahima Sy was the principal investigator of the Countdown urban health study in Senegal and recently published about this work (Spatial and Socioeconomic Inequalities in Cesarean Section Deliveries...

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2024 Cohort of the Countdown Fellows Selected

Ten emerging African researchers will form the 2024 cohort of the Countdown to 2030 (CD2030) fellowship program, participating in a yearlong training program to advance research on a wide range of topics related to Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N). Below is the list of selected...

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Applications open for African Population Conference Side Session

African researchers – and particularly Countdown to 2030 country collaboration team members – are encouraged to submit their analyses of routine health facility data for inclusion in a side session at the African Population Conference which will be held in Malawi in May 2024. The session will discuss effective methods...

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MOMENTUM Fact Sheet Summarizes Countdown Profiles

The USAID MOMENTUM project published a new factsheet about all three types of country profiles – reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH), equity, and early childhood development. This two-page document describes what the country profiles are, why they are valuable, who should use them, and how they can...

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Reports from Annual Meeting in 2023

A new report synthesizes the learning from the analysis conducted during and after the annual meeting held in 2023. Some key findings were that: Reporting rates were high in most countries, and districts with extreme outliers were uncommon, but some issues with internal consistency of the data were apparent. Calculation...

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Data as a compass for guiding health policy: Niger Data Uptake

The Niger country collaboration has been successful at maintaining a long-running scientific collaboration, producing high-quality research for multiple audiences, and sharing this information with decisionmakers. Download the data uptake series in English  Download the data uptake series in French Niger is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s countries which has been repeatedly...

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Some Highlights of 2023

Although the world is struggling to maintain past gains for women and children, as 2023 ends Countdown still has a lot to celebrate: We hosted our largest in-person Countdown annual meeting to date, with more than 185 participants in Dakar, Senegal, in June, in collaboration with the Global Financing Facility...

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New Study Will Estimate of Vaccine Coverage in 25 African Countries

Countdown has launched a new partnership with Gavi, UNICEF and the World Health Organization to strengthen analytical capacity to measure coverage and equity of immunization and to improve the reporting of this data, using multiple data sources. This will include measurement of subnational coverage, in order to develop strategies to...

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Webinar: Exploring the Forefront of Digital Visualization Platforms

Three online digital health platforms for tracking progress and maintaining accountability – the Immunization Agenda 2030 scorecard, the Global Financing Facility data portal , and the Countdown to 2030 country profiles –  were discussed in a webinar on December 5. The recording is available online: Download the slide decks from...

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Upcoming Webinar Will Present Digital Visualization Platforms

A free webinar on 5 December will provide information and discussion around three digital platforms that track key health indicators for women and children: Immunization Agenda 2030 Scorecard Global Financing Facility Data Portal Countdown to 2030 Country Profiles This one-hour session will discuss how these tools help disseminate population health...

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Countdown to 2030 Shares Evidence  from 10 African Countries on Conditions of the Capital Poor with Regard to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health at CPHIA

On November 27,  2023, Countdown to 2030 held an engaging side event on reducing inequalities in maternal, newborn and child health in Africa’s cities at the 3rd International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) organized by Africa CDC and Africa Union in Lusaka Zambia. During the session, Countdown to...

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Applications Open for 2024 Fellowship Program

Applications to join the 2024 cohort of Countdown fellows are open until December 17, 2023. This one-year fellowship enables African researchers to strengthen their analytical capacities for monitoring reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. Eligible applicants must: Be a national of an African country with an ongoing Countdown collaboration....

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Countdown to 2030 Participates in the 2023 Annual HMIS Workshop

On November 6-11, 2023, the Countdown to 2030 consortium members from APHRC, Johns Hopkins University, and Pelotas University, attended the 2023 annual HMIS workshop, organised by the West African Health Organization (WAHO) at Azalai Hotel, Guinea-Bissau. The workshop aimed at promoting the production, sharing and use of quality health information...

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Videos Capture Highlights and Reflections from Annual Meeting 2023

This 9-minute video presents some highlights and reflections from attendees of Countdown’s 2023 annual meeting, which convened more than 185 health experts and researchers from across sub-Saharan along with global technical experts.  Speakers in order of appearance are Pamela Rao from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Brenabe Gningue from...

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Are we reaching our commitment to leave no woman or child behind?

This article was originally posted on the PMNCH website and was written by  Jennifer Requejo, Jonathan D. Klein, and Sophie Arseneault, PMNCH Accountability Working Group Chair and Vice Chairs. On September 21st, stakeholders will come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the importance of aligning investments on...

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National Launch Event Held for India MNH Exemplars Report

Leaders from health and public policy organizations convened in New Delhi to discuss the national report from the Exemplars in Maternal and Newborn Health India study on August 23. The national analysis, as well as in-depth studies in six states, show how multiple drivers contributed to the large reduction in...

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Countdown Fellows Gather in Nairobi for Analytical Training

The Countdown 2030 for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (CD2030) project will hold its first training for the 2023 cohort from August 7 to 25, 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya. The training’s objective is to provide fellows with analytical skills that allow them to undertake their research project, data analysis and...

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Fellows for 2023 Selected

Ten researchers from across sub-Saharan Africa have been selected for the inaugural group of Countdown fellows and will spend the next 12 months developing individual research projects on topics that include family planning, effective coverage, immunization, and health facility statistics. The homepage for the fellowship is available here. The Countdown...

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Recap of the IMNHC 2023 Plenaries

  Countdown researchers shared findings from the maternal newborn health (MNH) exemplars studies and discussed goals for the future during plenary sessions at the International Maternal and Newborn Health Conference in May 2023. MNH Exemplars Plenary             During the initial plenary session, the seven countries...

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Data Uptake Series: Ethiopia 2023

“Our country has made huge strides in improving access to health services and improvements in health outcomes,” said Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, Ethiopia’s minister of health and an obstetrician-gynecologist, at a December 2022 workshop organized by the Countdown collaboration, “Ethiopia’s health indicators have been remarkably improved from one of the worst in...

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The Mother-Baby Dyad: Why an integrated approach to maternal and newborn health in research and practice is essential for progress

Written by Countdown researchers Jennifer Requejo of Global Financing Facility and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,  Aluisio Barros of the International Center for Equity in Health, Federal University of Pelotas, and Cheikh Faye of the African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya As global experts and leaders...

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Presentations by Countdown Researchers at IMNHC 2023

In addition to the presentations at IMNHC which are based on Countdown to 2030’s work, several Countdown researchers are presenting work from other research projects that is closely related to Countdown’s mission. On Tuesday, 9 May, presentations include: Using health systems data to develop measures of service quality for postnatal...

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Catch up on Countdown’s Research at IMNHC 2023

Countdown researchers will present findings from the maternal newborn health (MNH) exemplars multicountry study and other projects at the International Maternal Newborn Health Conference (IMNHC) in Cape Town, South Africa, 8-11 May 2023. Presentations Related to MNH Exemplars A plenary on 9 May will provide an overview of the exemplar...

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Countdown Releases Updated Data Analyses Ahead of IMNHC Conference

Countdown researchers have summarized areas of progress and stagnation around three key themes related to maternal-newborn health, in order to contribute to discussions at the International Maternal Newborn Health Conference (IMNHC) in May 2023. Countdown researchers have a paper in preprint  that proposes a framework integrating maternal, stillbirth and neonatal...

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Applications Open for Countdown Fellows Program

About 10 mid-career researchers will be selected for the inaugural cohort of Countdown fellows. Fellows will receive mentoring that will enable them to develop and complete a research project. To be eligible, applicants must: Be based at a Countdown collaboration institution in a country with an ongoing Countdown collaboration. Have...

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Bangladesh Maternal Newborn Health Exemplar Study Results are Online

Findings from the Bangladesh maternal newborn health exemplars study are now available from the Exemplars in Global Health website and have been accepted for publication in the journal BMJ Global Health. Improved availability and quality of health services, plus improvements of other socioeconomic indicators – such as access to electricity...

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Data Uptake Series: Strengthening monitoring and evaluation of programs in Uganda

Uganda’s extensive work in monitoring progress in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and other health services includes regular comprehensive annual health monitoring reports by the ministry of health, the district league table system to track local performance in place since 2003, and high-quality research by Makerere University....

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RMNCAH, Equity and Early Childhood Development Profiles Updated

The three country profiles have been updated with data from 2022, plus new regional profiles, and are now available on the Countdown to 2030 website. All the profiles are derived from public datasets, such as the Demographic Health surveys. Watch the recording of the webinar: “It is vital that we...

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Video Describes Countdown Analysis Workshops

To get a sense of what it’s like to attend a Countdown to 2030 analysis workshop, watch this short video: Since 2017 countdown to 2030 has organized nine virtual workshops and 17 in-person workshops with representatives from 65 countries. Footage was filmed during a workshop that took place in Nairobi...

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Reflecting on Countdown’s Publications from 2022

Countdown researchers published 31 peer-reviewed articles in 2022, advancing knowledge around measurement of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, including: how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted use of health services in Africa; global trends in child survival and thriving; the relationships between gender, ethnicity and health; factors related to coverage...

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Country Profiles for 2022 to be released on February 9

On February 9th Countdown 2030 and the Paternership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) will release new country profiles for 2022, with a webinar to present the latest findings. To register for the webinar, click here and enter your details. For the first time, some regional data will be...

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Effective Coverage Satellite Session from 7th Global HSR Symposium

Methods for calculating effective coverage, which is also called quality-adjusted coverage, continue to be refined, and this approach is increasingly being used to inform country-level decision-making.  The recording of a satellite session titled, “Measuring effective coverage and quality of care to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents in...

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Data Uptake Series: Zambia 2022

“We say, numbers don't lie,” reflected Charles Michelo, professor at the University of Zambia during a June 2022 dissemination event. “Yet numbers can be hidden. In hospitals, see how many files may be on the floor, inaccessible. This also may be true in our offices: we have the data, and...

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Recent Geospatial Resources and Publications

The Geospatial Data and Analysis Center (DAC)  recently published several resources about population estimation and how it can be applied to vaccine coverage. Here’s a quick summary: In this webinar, Andrew Tatem from WorldPop and the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom speak about different approaches to producing population...

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New UN report: Women’s and children’s health backsliding since 2020

Since 2020 women’s and children’s health has suffered globally from the converging impacts of conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, according to a new United Nations report for which Countdown is a contributing partner. “Almost three years on from the onset of COVID-19, the pandemic’s longterm impact on the...

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A Series of Briefs on Health Systems and Policy Analysis

Health systems are complex; thus, many research approaches are used understand and assess them. Three new Countdown to 2030 briefs aim to support researchers and policy makers,  to understand the value of and approaches available using health policy and systems research in women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. These briefs address...

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Tanzania collaboration: Looking ahead to Phase 3

The Countdown country collaboration in Tanzania met  September 25-26, 2022, at Ifakara Health Institute in Dar es Salaam to develop its plan for years 2023-2025.  Plans including supporting the Ministry of Health with monitoring regional and national progress based on the Health Sector Strategic Plan July 2021-June 2026 (HSSP V)...

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How to Assess the Quality of Aggregated Routine Health Facility Data

Resources to assess the quality of routine health facility data related to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) are now available, based on resources developed for a workshop hosted by Countdown and the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in Nairobi, Kenya, in June 2022 . Data from individual health...

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Video Tutorial: Concentration Index of Inequality

When assessing inequalities between subgroups, we’re often interested in relative measures of inequality. The simple relative measure is the ratio, in which we divide group one by group two. But what if we have more than two subgroups, and we want to consider all of them in our relative measure?...

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Journal Series: Optimising Child and Adolescent Health and Development

Holistic action is needed to address reproductive, maternal, childhood, and adolescent health, as well as nutrition and development, according to the Optimising Child and Adolescent Health and Development series published in The Lancet on April 27, 2022. Arguing that global progress on child health had stalled even before the COVID-19...

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Data Uptake Series: Pakistan 2020-2021

This brief summarizes describes how a report by the Countdown collaboration in Pakistan was used to build consensus around key priorities and generate change in policy and programs. Content of the brief is reprinted below: Development of the report Pakistan does not have an annual review of progress and performance...

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Blog post: Child health in female-headed households

This blog post summarizes the findings of an article that Wendt and co-authors published in SSM – Population Health in September 2021. This blog post is reprinted from the PMNCH website; the original post is here. By Andrea Wendt and Cesar Victora, University of Pelotas, Brazil; PMNCH ART constituency member...

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AlignMNH April 2022 Collective

AlignMNH convened a virtual meeting on April 4-7 to share the data around measuring progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, providing respectful maternal and newborn care, and strengthening quality of care. Several Countdown to 2030 researchers presented and helped plan the event. In the first session, Aluisio Barros from the...

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Uganda country collaboration publishes endline review

Uganda has made steady progress during 2015/16-2019/20  on several key indicators of the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) continuum of care, but most did not reach the set targets, according to an endline review report published by the Countdown country collaboration in Uganda, in partnership with the...

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Video Tutorial: Policy and Program Timeline Tool

One of the key methods employed by the Health Policy and Systems Data & Analysis Center is the policy and program timeline tool. In this 7-minute tutorial video, Mary Kinney from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa describes the timeline’s purpose and how to use it. The purpose of...

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Year in Review 2021: >50 Peer-reviewed Publications

  The Countdown collaboration contributed to the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and nutrition scientific literature through four journal supplements and more than 20 standalone papers. The papers included topics that have long been central to Countdown’s work, such as child survival, and topics that have come...

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Webinar: Country Profile Updates for 2021

Countdown to 2030 for Women’s Children’s and Adolescent’s Health and partner organizations published new and updated country profiles for: Reproductive, maternal, newborn child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and nutrition Equity Early childhood development The profiles were first shared during a webinar on December 14, 2021, in collaboration with the Partnership...

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Multi-country study focused on urban poor in Africa

Countdown is conducting a series of analysis workshops to understand RMNCH in 10 African cities Recent survey data suggests that progress toward the targets of the sustainable development goals related to maternal, newborn and child health in several cities in sub-Saharan Africa has been lagging.To understand this issue more thoroughly,...

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Video Tutorials: Health Financing Analysis

A new three-part webinar series explains the key concepts of health financing analysis and provides step-by-step examples of how to conduct this analysis. These webinars were developed for Countdown GFF and maternal newborn health exemplar countries but may be useful for anyone who is trying to obtain a better understand...

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Webinar and Supplement: Health Facility Data Analysis

The need to use routine health facility data for decision-making is stronger than ever, and advances in analytic methods have made the data easier to interpret, according to series of articles published this month in the BMC journal Health Services Research. Countdown to 2030 announced the journal supplement with a...

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ASRH for all in sub-Saharan Africa: are inequalities reducing?

Global improvements have been measured in adolescent health during the past decade, yet wide inequalities exist for many indicators when data are disaggregated by gender, household wealth and urban-rural residence, demonstrates a supplement of six articles and a commentary published in BMC Reproductive Health. Countdown to 2030 hosted a webinar...

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Webinar: Health Financing for Annual Reviews

  Health financing – where the money in the health system comes from, how the money is combined or pooled, and how health workers are paid – is a key consideration for understanding how health systems function. Josephine Borghi, Catherine Pitt, Melisa Martinez-Alvarez, Peter Binyaruka, and Federica Margini from the...

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ANCq: content-qualified antenatal care indicator

Traditionally antenatal care (ANC) has been measured as coverage indicator in RMNCAH+N programs, such as the number of women who received any ANC or received 4+ ANC visits. However, from Demographic Health Survey and other data sources it is clear that critical gaps in antenatal care quality often occur ....

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CD2030 Contributes to AlignMNH Opening Forum

  Countdown to 2030 is participating in the AlignMNH Collective’s virtual opening forum on April 20-21, an event that the aims to foster solutions-focused discussion and promote the sharing of evidence, knowledge, and experiences in the promotion of global maternal and newborn health. With less than 10 years remaining to...

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Website Updates for 2021

We have updated our website to describe our current work and to provide more resources to the global community of people working to improve the health of women children and adolescents. Countdown began a new phase of work in 2020 with a revised project structure which is explained here. Earlier...

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Webinar: Health Policy Analysis

In a one-hour webinar on March 23, Asha George and Mary Kinney from University of the Western Cape in South Africa  gave an overview of: Countdown’s previous work around health systems and policy, Study designs and conceptual frameworks applied in health policy analysis, and Some examples of how these concepts...

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Webinar: Effective Coverage

Effective coverage measures the proportion of women and children that are receiving the benefits of live-saving interventions. It can be measured by linking household survey data with health facility readiness assessments.In March 2021, Agbessi Amouzo, Aboudalaye Maiga, Elizabeth Hazel, Safia Jiwani, Emily Wilson, and  Melinda Munos from the Institute for...

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Journal Supplement: Progress on Maternal and Child Undernutrition

A series of three article and one commentary on maternal and child undernutrition reinforce the need to prevent undernutrition during the 1000 days from conception to age 2 years, with interventions both within and outside the health sector. Countdown researchers and their co-authors also issued a specific call for action...

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Delivering health and nutrition interventions for women and children in conflict settings: country case studies from the BRANCH Consortium

  Women and children are particularly vulnerable in armed conflict, affected by both the direct and indirect consequences of violence, destruction and displacement, with both immediate and long-term implications for their health and well-being.  This collection of articles in Conflict and Health reports on a set of case studies conducted by members...

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Webinar: Geospatial data, methods and tools

  In this webinar, Andy Tatem, Natalia Garavito, and Winfred Dotse-Gborgbortsi from WorldPop at the University of Southampton present an overview of available resources for incorporating geographical data into evaluation of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAHN). Outline of the webinar, by time [minute:second] [1:23] Overview...

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Webinar: Health Facility Data Use

Health facility data is an important component of many health evaluations but can be complicated to use because of data quality and completeness issues, outlier values, and lack of clear denominators. Cheikh Faye from African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Martin Mutua from APHRC, Abdoulaye Maiga from Johns Hopkins...

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Equity Analysis How-to Videos

Two new videos related to equity analysis are available on Countdown to 2030’s youtube channel. In an hour long webinar from January 2021, presenters from the International Center for Equity in Health at the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil, present an overview of methods for equity analysis. Topics presented include:...

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Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings (BRANCH Consortium)

  A Lancet Series, Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings, discusses the requirements of providing sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition services in conflict settings. Drawing upon scholarship from the BRANCH Consortium, the series provides insights into the nature and dynamics of women’s and children’s...

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Countdown Holds Virtual Annual Meeting

Monday's annual meeting was a great opportunity to share goals and resources, learn more about @thegff strategy, and plan for the future. @aphrc pic.twitter.com/RppoxmeuY3 — Countdown to 2030 (@Countdown2030) November 18, 2020 On November 17, 2020, Countdown to 2030 (CD2030) and the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) organized...

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West African Initiative on Nutrition

Leaving No Woman and Child Behind: Inequalities in Nutrition Coverage and Status Among Women, Children and Adolescents in West Africa Food and nutrition security, particularly for children, adolescent girls, and women of reproductive age remain a priority for all ECOWAS Member States as there has been limited progress in achieving...

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Every Woman Every Child: 2020 Progress Report & Opinion Piece

EWEC Progress Report 2020 Protect the Progress: Rise, Refocus, Recover highlights that since the Every Woman Every Child movement was launched 10 years ago, spearheaded by the United Nations Secretary-General, there has been remarkable progress in improving the health of the world’s women, children and adolescents. However, conflict, climate instability...

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Countdown Covid-19 Response

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected life around the globe and the work of the Countdown to 2030 is no exception. The impact is felt by women, children and adolescents around the world, directly and indirectly. Health and social services may be disrupted and communities, households and individuals are often affected...

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New findings on tracking aid

Four methods have previously been used to track aid for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH). The new Mushkoka2 algorithm includes innovations to produce accurate, predictable, transparent, and up-to-date estimates to analyze donor and recipient perspectives on use of donor aid for RMNCH. New findings show that 46% of...

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8th African Population Conference

On November 2019, the 8th African Population Conference was held in Entebbe, Uganda with the theme, “Harnessing Africa’s Population Dynamics for Sustainable Development: 25 Years after Cairo and beyond.” Countdown to 2030 members made 4 presentations about ongoing analysis from different RMNCAH data analysis workshops which had been conducted over...

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Countdown to 2030 Early Childhood Development

The concept of nurturing care for young children was outlined in the 2017 Lancet series Advancing Early Childhood Development: From Science to Scale and developed into a framework by WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank collaborating with a large number of academics and representatives of civil society. The Nurturing Care Framework...

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Advancing measurement and monitoring of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition – Countdown Supplement in BMJ Global Health

In June 2019, BMJ Global Health published a supplement with six papers by the Countdown to 2030 to address the challenges in measurement and monitoring of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition (RMNCH&N) in the context of the sustainable development goals.  The six-paper series seeks to advance the...

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Dissemination of RMNCH analysis workshop results in Uganda

After two successful analysis workshops organized in November 2017 and July 2018 that brought together government officials and academics from ESA countries, APHRC has supported the dissemination and knowledge translation of the evidence generated further to the analysis workshops. In Uganda, APHRC supported the implementation of in-country dissemination activities targeting...

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Countdown to Host HSR Symposium Satellite Session (Oct 8th) in Liverpool

Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2018 Satellite Session Liverpool, United Kingdom Leaving no woman, no child behind: what evidence on inequalities for RMNCH is needed to advocate and act?”  Date:                    Monday, October 8, 2018 Time:                    9:00-17:00 Location:             ACC Liverpool, UK – Room 3B                         Kings Dock, Liverpool L3...

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Let the Data Speak

Research Priorities for RMNCAH – results from the Countdown to 2030 Measurement Conference Stellenbosch, South Africa January 31 – February 1, 2018 The objectives of the Improving measurement of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health & nutrition conference were to: Take stock of the current practices, advances and critical...

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New analysis comparing 4 approaches for tracking donor aid finds substantially different estimates of levels and trends in aid for RMNCH

Tracking donor aid for global health goals: A systematic comparison of four approaches applied to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health. How much aid really supports reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH)? New research published in The Lancet Global Health shows that four high-profile estimates – from the Countdown...

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Countdown to 2030 Country and Equity Profiles Launched

11 Dec 2017 Countdown to 2030 launched its detailed country and equity profiles on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health for the 81 countries that account for 95% of all maternal deaths and 90% of all child deaths at the PMNCH Board retreat in Lilongwe, Malawi on December 13th. Malawi stands out because of...

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Countdown to 2030 is going to scale with countries

07 December 2017 The second regional initiative was launched to generate evidence and strengthen country analytical capacity for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health at the African Population Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya, 27 November – 1 December 2017. 19 countries nominated senior analysts from the Ministry of Health,...

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Database created to track aid for RMNCH

04  April, 2017 The Countdown Financing Technical Workgroup has recently published their methodology for creating a database that can be used for analyzing official development assistance and private grants to RMNCH, including suggestions for how the database can be used by others.

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First Countdown Regional Hub Workshop: Medellín, Colombia

28  October, 2016 "Measuring Inequalities in Coverage of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Interventions" was the title of the first Countdown to 2030 Regional Hub Workshop convened in Medellín, Colombia, from October 18-22, with 21 participants from 10 LAC countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua,...

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New Dataset of ODA for RMNCH

14 October 2016 CD colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have published a dataset containing 2.1 million records used to generate estimates of official development assistance (ODA) to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) based upon donor, recipient country and activity type between 2003–2013.

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BMC Countdown Supplement Published

12 September 2016 As Countdown to 2030 is launched, a supplement in the British Medical Journal published 12th September 2016, maps the challenges and opportunities for the SDG era. The supplement, entitled Countdown to 2015 country case studies: analysing progress towards maternal and child survival in the Millennium Development Goal era reflects on the...

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Diahrrea and WASH: Two New Papers Published 9 September 2016

9 September 2016 Access to water and sanitation during childbirth is poor across low and middle-income countries. Even when women travel to health facilities for childbirth, they are not guaranteed access to basic WATSAN infrastructure. Hygiene during childbirth is essential to the health of mothers and newborns, irrespective of where...

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Exemplary Progress in Peru According to New Countdown Case Study

9 June 2016 Access to water and sanitation during childbirth is poor across low and middle-income countries. Even when women travel to health facilities for childbirth, they are not guaranteed access to basic WATSAN infrastructure. Hygiene during childbirth is essential to the health of mothers and newborns, irrespective of where...

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Newest Countdown case study launches in Ethiopia

June 24, 2015 In September 2013, Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health and UNICEF jointly announced that Ethiopia had succeeded in reducing its under-5 mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2012. Ethiopia had already achieved Millennium Development Goal 4, two years ahead of the MDG deadline.

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Countdown Case Study in Peru highlights RMNCH progress

November 26, 2014 Countdown to 2015 continues to move forward on a series of in-depth Country Case Studies that seek to understand and explain how progress on women’s and children’s health was achieved in priority countries. On November 26th, a research team led by the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima presented...

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Countdown at the UN: Leave no woman or child behind

September 21, 2014 For the fourth consecutive year, Countdown to 2015 was co-host of a high-level meeting that put women's and children's health at the front of the agenda for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. On the Sunday morning immediately before the General Assembly convened, senior...

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Countdown at the UN General Assembly: Accountability for Results

22 September, 2013 Ministers and government officials, leaders of UN agencies, NGOs and advocates, academic experts, and nearly 150 others came together in New York to vow greater efforts on accountability for women’s and children’s health. “Accountability for Results: Keeping our Promises to Women and Children” marked the second annual Sunday accountability...

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Countdown releases new country guide, toolkit

20 February 2013 To support countries in undertaking robust and effective Country Countdown processes, Countdown has developed Country Countdown—Accelerating progress to 2015 and beyond:  A guide for countries and partners.

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2012 Report: Fewer maternal/child deaths; too many still dying

13 June 2012Countdown launched its 2012 Report on June 14, 2012, at the Child Survival Call to Action, a two-day high-level meeting in Washington, D.C.  This conference, convened by the governments of the U.S., Ethiopia, and India in collaboration with UNICEF, charted a course toward ending preventable child deaths around...

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122nd IPU Assembly

29 March 2010Countdown to 2015, PMNCH, Inter-Parliamentary Union and Government of Thailand host Special Session and Field Trip

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