The Countdown to 2015 in Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival


March 2012 Report: Countdown update fosters country accountability, supports Global Strategy

19 MARCH 2012 | COUNTDOWN 2015 - As follow-up to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, Countdown to 2015 has released a new report: Accountability for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival: An update on progress in priority countries. The report includes updated profiles on high-burden priority countries, which account for over 95% of maternal and child deaths. Profiles highlight countries’ progress on increasing coverage of high-impact interventions that can save the lives of millions of women and children. The report will be launched at the 126th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Kampala, Uganda from 31 March through 5 April 2012. The core indicators included in these updated profiles, selected in 2011 by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, encompass key elements of the reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) continuum of care. The report also includes a brief report providing a snapshot of progress on these core indicators across the priority countries, revealing promising news as well as challenges that still remain to be addressed. Countdown to 2015 is contributing significantly to the global accountability agenda around the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, an unprecedented plan to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015, which was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2010

The country profiles in the new report, customized to showcase the Commission indicators, are adapted from the full, two-page Countdown country profile, which Countdown produces on a roughly two-year cycle.

June 2012: Building a Future for Women and Children - The 2012 Report

Countdown to 2015 launched its 2012 Report on June 13, 2012, at the Child Survival Call to Action, a two-day high-level meeting in Washington, D.C.

Countdown’s new report, Building a Future for Women and Children: The 2012 Report, highlights country progress—and obstacles to progress—towards achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. It focuses, like previous Countdown reports, on evidence-based solutions—health interventions proven to save lives—and on the health systems, policies, financing and other factors that affect the equitable delivery of these lifesaving interventions to women and children. Updated country profiles for 75 Countdown countries were published together with the report.

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