How to use the Countdown country profile

Country Profiles

UNICEF/NYHQ2005-2410/Anita KhemkaThe Countdown country profile presents in one place the best and latest evidence to enable an assessment of a country’s progress in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) and achieving MDGs 4 and 5. Each profile presents the most recent available information on selected demographic measures of maternal, newborn, and child survival and nutritional status, coverage rates for priority interventions across the continuum of care, and selected indicators of equity, policy support, human resources, and financial flows. Missing values for certain indicators, or estimates that are more than five years old, indicate an urgent need for concerted action to increase data collection efforts, so that evidence is available to help policy-makers and their partners assess progress and prioritize actions in the effort to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality.

The most current Countdown country profiles — full two-page profiles featuring a range of coverage, equity, policy, health systems, and financing indicators – were published in October 2015 in A Decade of Tracking Progress for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: The 2015 Report. Earlier Countdown country profiles were previously produced as part of the Countdown reports published in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014. Abbreviated one-page profiles, customized to showcase the core indicators selected by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, were published in 2013 and 2012.

In order to provide in-country audiences with a clear, detailed understanding of the data in the Countdown country profile, Countdown also developed customized (and customizable) PowerPoint presentations for each of the 75 Countdown countries. These presentations, based on the 2014 country profiles, can be useful both as an introduction to Countdown’s processes and tools and as a way of introducing policy makers, media, advocates, and other stakeholders to a set of essential data on the country’s current situation with regard to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health.

A guide to using the Countdown country profile can be downloaded here, and a slide presentation describing the data in the country profile and its sources is available for download here.

In addition, Countdown’s Equity Working Group in 2015, 2014, 2012, and 2010 produced detailed equity profiles for many of the Countdown countries. These profiles include systematic breakdowns of key coverage indicators by wealth quintiles, maternal education, sex of the child, urban/rural residence, and region of the country.

The data and results 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

Countdown has produced profiles for the countries listed at left; all available profiles can be viewed by clicking on the country name.