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 measure critical issues and make this visible so that policymakers and programmers can be guided by evidence and reliable data in making the best, cost-effective and right decisions, which will then lead to meaningful and impactful results,” said Helga Fogstad, executive director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), during a webinar on February 9. Later, she added that the Countdown and Global Strategy profiles serve three purposes:

  • providing reliable and comparable data packaged in a way that’s readily accessible to decision makers,
  • planning future programs and identifying groups being left behind, and
  • calling out governments and holding them accountable.

UNICEF has been producing the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health country (RMNCAH) profiles every 1-2 years since 2005. They were originally developed as a tool to catalyze action and accountability for the Millenium Development Goals and were focused on child survival indicators. Over time, their scope has expanded to include more indicators.

This video describes how to use the RMNCAH country profiles:

For the first time this year, UNICEF has also produced profiles for each of the seven UNICEF program regions: 1) East Asia and the Pacific, 2) Eastern and Southern Africa, 3) Europe and Central Asia, 4) Latin America and the Caribbean, 5) Middle East and North Africa, 6) South Asia, 7) West and Central Africa.

The video provides more details about the regional profiles:

The 2022 profiles include 197 country profiles. UNICEF has been producing the Early Childhood Development profiles since 2019, updating them every two years, after an earlier version called the Nurturing Care profiles were published for 81 countries along with Nurturing Care framework.

This video provides an overview of the Early Childhood Development profiles:


Given that huge health disparities exist within many countries, the equity profiles were created to look at key indicators across wealth quintiles and by place of residence (urban or rural). Profiles are available for 188 countries, with 18 newly updated for 2022.

Another important source of country-level indicators are the , which include 60 indicators derived from the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health (2016-2030). More information is shared in this video.

Download the slide from the February 9 Webinar