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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World Breast Feeding Week 2021

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is a global campaign to raise awareness and galvanise action on themes related to breastfeeding. Around the world, millions of people will celebrate breastfeeding, participating in a wide variety of activities to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. The theme this year is “Shared Responsibility.” Optimal breastfeeding...

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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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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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Uganda sharpens plan for RMCA Health

The Countdown collaboration in Uganda, led by Makerere University, conducted an endline review of the investment case of the sharpened plan for reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health 2016-2020 … read more https://www.countdown2030.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Endline-Review-Of-the-IC_final-report-Uganda.pdf

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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 (https://www.thelancet.com/series/ECD2016) 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...

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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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