Summary index can be used to monitor maternal and child health care coverage

03  November, 2016

New analyses from CD colleagues the Federal University of Pelotas conclude that a composite coverage index, based on the average value of separate coverage indicators, is easy to calculate and can be useful in monitoring progress and inequalities in universal health coverage.

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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, Panama, Peru) and 2 participants from Mozambique. The workshop was organized by the International Center for Equity in Health (ICEH), where the CD LAC Regional Hub is based, and hosted by the Faculdad Nacional de Salud Publica, University of Antioquia.

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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 successful country case studies that illuminated the progress and gaps during the MDGs, and charts the new ground that Countdown to 2030 will cover.

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New Countdown Case Study Shows Afghanistan’s Progress and Challenges

9 June 2016

Despite long standing conflict and poverty, Afghanistan has made reasonable progress in its reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health indicators over the last decade based on contributions of factors within and outside the health sector.

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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 birth takes place. This paper investigates the status of water and sanitation in both the home and facility childbirth environments, and for whom and where this is a more significant problem.

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New Countdown Case Study highlights Malawi as early adopter, early achiever

21 January 2016

Nearly a third of Malawi’s population lives in severe poverty, but the eyes of the global health community have turned to this small, land-locked nation of 16 million because it is one of only a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that achieved Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 by reducing under-5 mortality by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. In a paper published in Lancet Global Health, a Countdown to 2015 research team confirms that Malawi had met its MDG 4 target by as early as 2013, and seeks to explain Malawi’s success in improving child survival.

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Countdown and partners: Accountability central to achieving maternal, newborn, child health goals

26 September 2015

At the annual RMNCH Accountability Breakfast, held in conjunction with the yearly meeting of the UN General Assembly, which this year included the historic Summit for Sustainable Development, nearly 300 partners gathered to reflect on what accountability has delivered for women’s and children’s health, and on the critical gaps that remain.

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New Countdown case study explores Malawi’s child health achievements, challenges

July 27, 2015

Over 30% of Malawi's population lives in severe poverty, yet it is one of only a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa on track to achieve MDG 4 by reducing under-5 mortality by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. New evidence from a Countdown case study, which sought to better understand Malawi’s successes and challenges in improving health and development among women, newborns, and children, shows that Malawi prevented an estimated 280,000 child deaths between 2000 and 2013 through scale-up of high-impact child health interventions. These new research findings were launched at a high-level event in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital.

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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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Tanzania one of few African countries meeting Millennium Goal for child survival

June 16, 2015

New Countdown case study explores how this happened, and why maternal and newborn survival progress is much slower

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New Countdown analysis shows RMNCH aid flows up in 2011-2012

June 16, 2015

New Countdown analysis shows RMNCH aid flows up in 2011-2012 

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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 preliminary findings of the ongoing Peru case study at a technical meeting held at the Lima offices of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The meeting was attended by more than 40 technical and policy experts from the health and related sectors, including representatives of several government ministries.
 

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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 government ministers and ambassadors from several countries came together with UN agency officials and civil society advocates for a lively breakfast meeting hosted by Countdown, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), and the independent Expert Review Group (iERG), to mobilize renewed attention and energy for improving women and children's health.
 

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Countdown to 2015 highlights ‘unfinished business’ in bringing health care to world’s poorest women and children

June 30, 2014

Many developing countries have taken substantive action to save women’s and children’s lives, but vast areas of “unfinished business” still need to be addressed, according to a new report released at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Partners’ Forum and summarized in The Lancet today. Countdown to 2015 studied progress in 75 countries, finding that substantial inequities persist, even in countries that have made solid gains in maternal and child health. Many countries are still only reaching half or less of women and children with vital health interventions, and the poorest are being left behind.   

 

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Two New Lancet Papers Include Bangladesh Case Study, Summary of 2014 Findings

London, 30 June 2014

The Lancet today published two new peer-reviewed Countdown papers, with their release timed to coincide with the launch of the 2014 Countdown Report at the PMNCH Partners’ Forum, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from June 30 – July 1, 2014.

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Tanzanian Countdown to 2015 launched – will this count for women and children?

15 May 2014

President JM Kikwete of Tanzania, co-chair for the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health (COIA), recently launched the Tanzanian "Countdown to 2015" and "A Promised Renewed" in relation to maternal, newborn and child survival in Tanzania at a high level event held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Following this event, President Kikwete joined his fellow co-chair of COIA, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, at a high-level summit on maternal, newborn, and child health, which was held in Toronto (28 – 30 May 2014). Both events provided a platform to highlight Tanzania's priorities for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) for the next six years, and set the scene to ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths by 2035. The Tanzanian Countdown Country Case Study formed a critical piece of evidence that informed these priorities.

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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 breakfast organized by Countdown to 2015, the independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (iERG), and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH).

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Budget tracking workshop sharpens accountability efforts by civil society, parliaments, media

28 August, 2013

More than 60 representatives of national parliaments, civil society, ministries of health, media, and development agencies from Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda met this week in Nairobi, Kenya, in a workshop that aimed to build their capacities to undertake budget advocacy for improved women’s and children’s health.

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2013 Report: Remarkable Progress in Reducing Child Mortality and Improving Maternal Health

27 May 2013

Rapid expansion of programs to prevent HIV transmission to babies and vaccinate children show how results can be achieved in relatively little time 

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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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Lancet releases special Countdown issue to mark 2012 UNGA opening

22 September 2012

There is a growing sense of urgency that some of the poorest countries in the world will not reach 2015 targets for reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child survival. The Lancet marked the 67th UN General Assembly meeting by publishing a series of new Countdown papers…

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

13 June 2012
Countdown 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 the world.

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Lancet review examines equity in MNCH interventions

31 March 2012
The global health community must increase its efforts to ensure that key maternal, newborn, and child health interventions are adequately reaching all social groups…

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Countdown Update Fosters Country Accountability

31 March 2012
Countdown released Accountability for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival, with updated profiles on 73 countries, at the IPU Assembly in Kampala…

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New Report Looks At Effective Monitoring of RMNCH Indicators

22 November 2011
A report by Countdown, Health Metrics Network, UNICEF, and WHO examines opportunities and challenges to effective monitoring of core MNCH indicators…

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Saving Newborn Lives in Nigeria: Newborn Health in the Context of the Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Strategy

12 January 2011
A Nigerian government report on newborn health showcased the power of Countdown data and methods for catalyzing action…

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Countdown to 2015: MNCH Landscape Analysis

13 April 2010
Countdown to 2015 :  New Landscape Analysis released for the United Nations’ special meeting on maternal, newborn and child health

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122nd IPU Assembly

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

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IPU/Countdown Special Session at the 120th IPU Assembly

7 April 2009
Special Session of Countdown to 2015 - Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival at the 120th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

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G8 action urged to avert six million mother and child deaths every year

19 April 2008
G8 action urged to avert 6 million mother and child deaths every year

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Critical health care fails to reach most women and children in high mortality countries despite gains in fighting child killer diseases

16 April 2008
Critical health care fails to reach most women and children in high mortality countries despite gains in fighting child killer diseases

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