Global Monitoring Efforts

Countdown is engaged in the technical work of several global initiatives, including:

Child Survival Action Initiative (CSA):   The initiative urges partners to address programmatic and health system challenges that hamper progress in child survival – especially in 54 countries not on track to meet their 2030 targets – by energizing national and subnational leadership, expanding strategic investments in primary health care (PHC) and multi-sectoral actions, mobilizing partnerships across stakeholders, and aligning funding and other initiatives. The initiative identifies opportunities that exist and lays out steps that partners need to take to reach all children with life-saving interventions. Countdown researchers have helped to develop the CSA’s monitoring & evaluation plan and other resources.  


Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) and Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) Dashboard: 

A dashboard developed by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, to track progress toward ENAP and EPMM targets. It allows policymakers, governments and organizations to easily monitor and compare maternal and newborn indicators which are ENAP EPMM targets by region, country, and income group. 


Re-envisioning Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) project: 

Re-envisioning EmONC is led by a steering committee coordinated by the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and includes the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UNICEF, UNFPA, and WHO.  The project covers Quality of Care (Provision & Experience), Maternal Health, Neonatal/ Newborn Health, Respectful Maternity Care, and Obstetric Complications. It will be framed and implemented using principles of human-centered design to ensure that the revised EmONC framework meets needs at the national and sub-national policy level and at the frontlines of health systems in LMICs at different stages of the obstetric transition.  


Child Health Accountability Tracking technical advisory group (CHAT): 

This technical advisory group to WHO and UNICEF supports the harmonization and standardization of child health and well-being indicators, across a variety of domains including education, nutrition, mental health, violence, environment, injuries, communicable and noncommunicable diseases.  


Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MoNITOR): 

Technical advisory group to facilitate measurement, align initiatives, and provide technical guidance to WHO. It provides independent advice to the WHO on monitoring-related guidance and norms and data collection platforms for maternal and newborn health, convenes maternal and newborn measurement initiatives to avoid duplication and coordinate messages, and offers advice on metrics-related research priorities and capacity-building. 


The Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent health (GAMA): 

WHO, in collaboration with the UN H6+ partnership agencies (UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, the World Bank Group, and the World Food Programme (WFP) established the Advisory Group of experts to improve alignment and capacity for adolescent health measurement. The goals are to provide technical guidance for the purpose of harmonizing efforts around adolescent health measurement and reporting.