2014 Partners' Forum

30 JUNE - 1 JULY | Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Session 2D: Countdown to 2015: Fulfilling the health agenda for women and children

The Countdown to 2015 session moderated by Dr. Mickey Chopra, Chief of Health, UNICEF and Co-Chair of Countdown, presented some of the findings related to the new 2014 Countdown report and preliminary results from several Countdown in-depth case studies.

Building off of Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta’s keynote speech during plenary two, Ms. Holly Newby, UNICEF, described in more detail the indicators included on the Countdown country profiles, prepared for each of the 75 Countdown countries where more than 95% of all maternal, newborn and child deaths occur. Her presentation was followed by Mr. Giovanny Araujo, Federal University of Pelotas, who gave an overview of the equity analyses included in the Countdown 2014 report and the equity profiles prepared biannually for the Countdown countries. He also spotlighted a new report prepared by the Federal University of Pelotas using Countdown methods to showcase progress and challenges in reducing inequities in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Ms Ann Starrs, Family Care International, recapped the significance of the Countdown report for advocacy purposes, and the importance of strong partnerships between the technical and advocacy communities to ensure that the evidence is packaged in ‘user-friendly’ ways, leading to broad uptake and action.

Countdown to 2015 is engaging in a series of in-depth country case studies that use evidence to tell a story about country progress in women’s and children’s health, and produce generalizable lessons about scaling-up RMNCH programs. Honorable Mr. Zahed Maleque, State Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh summarized the main messages from the Bangladesh case study published in The Lancet on June 30, 2014, “Maternal Mortality in Bangladesh: A Countdown to 2015 case study”, noting that Bangladesh’s success was due to increases in access to quality health care services coupled with improvements in women’s enrollment in school and income-earning opportunities. Dr. Luis Huicho, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and National Institute of Child Health, presented preliminary findings of the Peru in-depth case study, showing how improvements in equitable coverage, the introduction of key policy and health system reforms, and changes in key contextual factors have contributed to Peru’s success in reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality. The session was closed by Honorable Ahmad Jan Naeem, Deputy Minister of Afghanistan, who described how Afghanistan has been able to achieve remarkable improvements in maternal, newborn and child health following the devastation of many years of conflict. Other Countdown country case studies underway are in China, Kenya, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Malawi and Tanzania. A policy brief prepared by the Tanzania case study team detailing areas of progress and areas where more efforts must be prioritized for women’s and children’s health was made available to session participants.

Countdown to 2015: Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children was launched on 30 June at the 2014 Partners’ Forum.

  1. About the 2014 Partners’ Forum
  2. The 2014 Partners’ Forum begins: Now it is in our hands
  3. Plenary 1: Healthy women and children at the centre of development
  4. Session 1A: “Fast-track” countries share stories of success
  5. Session 1B: Building a Future Where Children Survive and Thrive
  6. Session 1C: Delivering Immunisation Together: Hitting the MDGs and health goals beyond 2015
  7. Session 1D: Every Mother, Every Newborn: Ensuring Quality of Care at Birth
  8. Plenary 2: Health: A model of Accountability for Post-2015
  9. Session 2A: Better data for better policy making, programming and accountability
  10. Session 2B: The Every Woman Every Child health model of accountability in the post 2015 era
  11. Session 2C: Accountability for RMNCH: The African perspective and prospects
  12. Session 2D: Countdown to 2015: Fulfilling the health agenda for women and children
  13. Session 2E: Addressing the Nutrition needs in a Post-2015 Agenda
  14. Plenary 3: Equity – leave no one behind
  15. Session 3A: Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality
  16. Session 3B: Bridging the Digital Divide: Making Mobile and ICTs a Reality for All
  17. Session 3C: Integrating services for HIV/AIDS and RMNCH to promote equitable access to quality care for women and children
  18. Session 3D: Universal Health Coverage and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Common Goals, Shared Challenges
  19. Session 3E: Equitable access to quality midwifery
  20. Plenary 4: Leveraging Investments for Health and Sustainable Development
  21. Session 4A: Scaling-up Innovations: New ways of dealing with unfinished business
  22. Session 4B: Investing in Adolescent and Youth as Agents of Change
  23. Session 4C: Mobilization of resources to RMNCH investments for reaching 2035 targets
  24. Session 4E: Getting It Right: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Family Planning in the Post-2015 Agenda
  25. Plenary 5: Our Common Vision – Delivering health and development for women and children beyond 2015
  26. Youth engagement at the 2014 Partners' Forum
  27. Private sector leaders reflect on post-2015 priorities and commitments to newborns
  28. World leaders: Women and children must be central to new 2030 global poverty goals