Country equity profiles

Progress towards universal health coverage for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health must be assessed not only in terms of national averages, but also on how well such gains benefit all subgroups living in a country. National averages can hide persistent inequalities that need to be addressed.

In recognition of the importance of equity for overall country progress, the Sustainable Development Goal target 17.18 calls for the disaggregation of national statistics according to income, gender, place of residence, ethnicity and other relevant variables.

Disaggregated analyses of intervention coverage are important for ethical and practical reasons. Such analyses help identify which women, children, and adolescents are being left behind – information that countries can use to design better and more inclusive policies and programs.

Countdown to 2030 has prepared equity profiles that show the magnitude and trends in health disparities in all low and middle-income countries with a recent DHS or MICS survey. The four-page Bangladesh equity profile is showcased here. The first page includes a map and a set of graphs showing coverage levels of effective interventions across the continuum of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition disaggregated by provinces, wealth quintiles, and urban/rural areas of residence. The second page includes a detailed table showing simple measures of wealth inequality (absolute differences between sub-groups and ratios) and complex measures including the slope index of inequality and the concentration index. This is followed by another table showing data for key interventions along the continuum of care for each of the 8 regions in Bangladesh. The final page includes detailed notes on all of the indicators, the different equity measures used, and an explanation on how to interpret the graphs.

Like the national Countdown country profile, the equity profile is meant to equip country decision makers with a tool to help them monitor progress and for programming and planning purposes.

The equity country profiles are prepared by the Equity Technical Working Group of Countdown and the team at the International Center for Equity in Health, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil.

 

Afghanisthan (DHS 2015) – Updated 2019

Albania (DHS 2017) – Updated 2019

Argentina (MICS 2011) – Updated 2019

Armenia (DHS 2015) – Updated 2019

Angola

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Barbados (MICS 2012) – Updated 2019

Belarus (MICS 2012) – Updated 2019

Belize (MICS 2015) – Updated 2019

Benin

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina (MICS 2011) – Updated 2019

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Brazil (NSS 2006) – Updated 2019

Cape Verde (RHS 1998) – Updated 2019

Cambodia

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

Colombia (DHS 2015) – Updated 2019

Comoros

Congo

Congo Republic (MICS 2014) – Updated 2019

Costa Rica (MICS 2011) – Updated 2019

Cote dIvoire (MICS 2016) – Updated 2019

Cuba (MICS 2014) – Updated 2019

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

Ecuador (NSS 2012) – Updated 2019

Egypt (DHS 2014) – Updated 2019

El Salvador (MICS 2014) – Updated 2019

Eswatini (MICS 2014) – Updated 2019

Ethiopia (DHS 2016) – Updated 2019

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia (MICS 2005) – Updated 2019

Ghana (DHS 2014) – Updated 2019

Guatemala

Guinea (MICS 2016) – Updated 2019

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti (DHS 2016) – Updated 2019

Honduras

India

Indonesia

Iraq (MICS 2018) – Updated 2019

Jamaica

Jordan (DHS 2017) – Updated 2019

Kazakhstan (MICS 2015) – Updated 2019

Kenya (DHS 2014) – Updated 2019

Kosovo (MICS 2013) – Updated 2019

Kyrgyzstan

Lao PDR (MICS 2017) – Updated 2019

Lesotho

Liberia

Mozambique (DHS 2015) – Updated 2019

Macedonia (MICS 2011) – Updated 2019

Madagascar

Malawi (DHS 2015) – Updated 2019

Maldives (DHS 2016) – Updated 2019

Mali

Mauritania (MICS 2015) – Updated 2019

Mexico (MICS 2015) – Updated 2019

Moldova (MICS 2012) – Updated 2019

Mongolia (MICS 2013) – Updated 2019

Montenegro (MICS 2013) – Updated 2019

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nepal

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria (MICS 2016) – Updated 2019

Pakistan (DHS 2017) – Updated 2019

Panama

Paraguay

Peru (DHS 2016) – Updated 2019

Philippines (DHS 2017) – Updated 2019

Rwanda

Qatar (MICS 2012) – Updated 2019

Saint Lucia (MICS 2012) – Updated 2019

São Tome and Principe (MICS 2014) – Updated 2019

Serbia (MICS 2014) – Updated 2019

Senegal (DHS 2017) – Updated 2019

Sierra Leone (MICS 2017) – Updated 2019

Somalia

Syria (MICS 2006) – Updated 2019

South Africa (DHS 2016) – Updated 2019

South Sudan

State of Palestine (MICS 2014) – Updated 2019

Sudan

Suriname

Swaziland

Tajikistan (DHS 2017) – Updated 2019

Tanzania (DHS 2015) – Updated 2019

Thailand (MICS 2015) – Updated 2019

United Republic of Timor-Leste

Togo

Trinidad and Tobago (MICS 2011) – Updated 2019

Tunisia (MICS 2011) – Updated 2019

Turkey (DHS 2003) – Updated 2019

Turkmenistan

Uganda (DHS 2016) – Updated 2019

Ukraine (MICS 2012) – Updated 2019

Uruguay (MICS 2012) – Updated 2019

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu (MICS 2007) – Updated 2019

Vietnam (MICS 2013) – Updated 2019

Yemen

Zambia (DHS 2013) – Updated 2019

Zimbabwe (DHS 2015) – Updated 2019