WHO/Christopher BlackCoverage is at the foundation of Countdown to 2015. Countdown tracks and reports on progress in achieving high, equitable, and sustained coverage for interventions that are proven to reduce mortality among women of reproductive age, newborns, and children under five years of age, in order to stimulate continuous improvement and hold countries and their partners accountable for progress.

Countdown’s Working Group on Coverage aims to ensure that measures of coverage reflect the best available indicators and data, reported in standard and transparent ways across countries and over time. 

The coverage data used to construct Countdown’s reports and profiles are publicly available, and can be downloaded here. For more information about Countdown’s datasets, please contact the Countdown Secretariat at The most updated country data on the coverage indicators tracked in Countdown are available at

On this page, Countdown will present data and analysis relating to progress on coverage for key interventions at both the global and country levels:

  • Better measurement of intervention coverage, through improved household surveys, contributes to stronger policies and programs and fosters accountability for delivery of essential reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) care. Coverage indicators are widely used to assess whether interventions are reaching women and children in low- and middle-income countries, particularly through population-based household surveys.

PLOSsmall-cover webA PLOS Medicine collection published in May 2013, produced with support from the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) and including several Countdown partners as authors, presented innovative assessments of the validity of measuring population coverage for interventions across the RMNCH continuum of care. The collection explored issues around measurement using household surveys, assessment of health inequalities, consideration of survey error, and the generation of indicators for global monitoring, and presented recommendations for transforming the findings of these and previous studies into better measurement, reporting and interpretation of coverage estimates.

In a Countdown session at the 2013 Women Deliver conference, several of the authors presented their latest research:

Jennifer Bryce, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Cynthia Stanton, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’

Özge Tunçalp, WHO

Allisyn Moran, USAID

Jennifer Requejo, Countdown/PMNCH