Countdown Country and Regional Networks

For countries striving to achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, information is a powerful and essential force for change. Understanding which interventions are being delivered effectively, identifying gaps, and ensuring accountability can all help renew momentum for national efforts to ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. Countdown’s work at the country and regional levels can make a unique, catalytic contribution, by helping policy makers, health programmers, and advocates to:

  • Increase public and policy attention to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition.
  • Focus national health strategies, investments, and programming to achieve high and equitable coverage of high-impact interventions across the continuum of care.
  • Increase and more efficiently allocate financial resources for women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health.
  • Strengthen country and regional capacity to assess and analyze data, and to use data for evidence-based action.
  • Improve the quantity and quality of data, as national and regional leaders become more aware of its importance and of current data gaps.
  • Foster accountability, both for committed actions and for outcomes.

CD2030 provides technical and financial support for a range of outputs that address progress and challenges in individual Countdown countries, as well as in key regions.

Countdown Country Profiles

At the global level, CD2030 continues to produce annual profiles for the 81 Countdown countries that account for 90% of child deaths and 95% of maternal deaths in the world.

Equity Profiles

Produced by the Equity Technical Working Group, these profiles provide a clear illustration of how equitable intervention coverage is for each of the 81 priority countries.

Regional Network Initiatives

Through the establishment and support of Regional Network Initiatives, Countdown is working toward the goal of locating Countdown research and analysis in research institutions located the global south where RMNCAH burdens are highest.

Part of the regional network model includes working with existing regional initiatives such as the African Leaders Malaria Alliance among others, and supporting the aims of the Health Data Collaborative and the Global Financing Facility.

The work of the Regional Network Initiatives builds from the extensive experience gained during CD2015 with a series of analytical in-depth country case studies. The outputs generated under CD2015, including in-depth country case studies and country profiles can be found in the CD2015 Archive section of this website.