Regional Network Initiatives

A primary aim of Countdown to 2030 is to help build the necessary institutional capacity to conduct rigorous analyses on RMNCAH and nutrition in the countries and regions where the burdens are highest and the research findings are most relevant for planning purposes.

Learning from Countdown to 2015’s country case studies and the process of preparing annual country profiles, Countdown to 2030 is establishing regional networks with the involvement of a range of partners including academic and research institutions based in Countdown countries.

The overall goals of the regional networks are to:

  • strengthen the evidence in support of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH&N) programs through multi-country and single-country studies; and
  • enhance the capacity of country and regional institutions to conduct RMNCAH&N-related analyses and research and effectively communicate the findings to policy makers.

The networks have a capacity building orientation and are geared around the development of specific products. They are based on an annual work cycle that involves two workshops held six months apart where training activities take place on specific analyses across the RMNCAH and nutrition continuum of care. Expected outputs each year include a multi-country analysis on a priority topic selected by country teams, and other dissemination materials. Case study analyses will be completed over the course of 1-2 years.

Three regional networks have been established. Click on each to be linked to their individual pages for more information on their research agendas and network structures.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) network, coordinated by the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil

Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), coordinated by the African Population Health Research Center (APHRC)

West and Central Africa (WCA), coordinated by the West African Health Organization (WAHO)