The Countdown to 2015 in Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival


Countdown to 2015 at Women Deliver Conference

In 2010, Countdown to 2015 and Women Deliver joined forces to achieve maximum impact: Women Deliver 2010 is a global conference held in Washington DC on June 7-9 which focused on the theme "Delivering solutions for girls and women".The Countdown to 2015 was held together with Women Deliver 2010 featuring special sessions dedicated to provide the latest evidence, country by country, on the progress, obstacles and solutions to achieving the Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5 for the health of women, newborns and children.

Full details on the 2010 Conference

Women Deliver and Countdown Conferences open with promises for women and children

7 JUNE 2010 | WASHINGTON DC - The United Nations Secretary–General Ban Ki-moon and Foundation head Melinda Gates were part of the high-level speakers who helped open the Women Deliver and Countdown Conferences in Washington with commitments to women’s and children’s health.

UNICEF’s new chief opens Countdown to 2015 main session

8 JUNE 2010 | WASHINGTON DC - UNICEF new Director, Anthony Lake called on professionals and statisticians at the Countdown to 2015 Conference to beware of creating a “statistical success” and a “moral failure”. Mr Lake called for some 300 professionals at the Decade Report Session of the Countdown to 2015 at Women Deliver not hide inequities in health care delivery to the poorest, most vulnerable and most isolated.

Lack of skilled birth care costs 2 million lives each year

3 JUNE 2010 | WASHINGTON DC/GENEVA - A lack of skilled attendants at birth accounts for two million preventable maternal deaths, stillbirths and newborn deaths each year, according to the newly released Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (2000-2010).

The Lancet: Women Deliver Special Issue Press Release

A study on child survival in rural Bangladesh has shown that the death of a child’s mother massively reduces that child’s chances of survival to age 10 years, whereas the father’s death has a negligible effect. The findings are reported in an Article in the Women Deliver Special Issue of The Lancet, written by Professor Corine Ronsmans, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and colleagues

The Lancet: Countdown to 2015 decade report (2000–10) review

"The Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Survival monitors coverage of priority interventions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for child mortality and maternal health. We reviewed progress between 1990 and 2010 in coverage of 26 key interventions in 68 Countdown priority countries accounting for more than 90% of maternal and child deaths worldwide. 19 countries studied were on track to meet MDG 4, in 47 we noted acceleration in the yearly rate of reduction in mortality of children younger than 5 years, and in 12 countries progress had decelerated since 2000. Progress towards reduction of neonatal deaths has been slow, and maternal mortality remains high in most Countdown countries, with little evidence of progress. Wide and persistent disparities exist in the coverage of interventions between and within countries, but some regions have successfully reduced longstanding inequities.

2010 Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (2000-2010)

The 2010 Countdown Decade Report concludes that achieving MDGs 4 and 5 is still possible by the deadline year 2015, but only a dramatic acceleration of political commitment and financial investment can make it happen.

PMNCH/Africa Public Health Alliance & 15% Campaign/Countdown to 2015

21 JULY 2010 | KAMPALA, UGANDA - In the next five years, 11 million African women and children could be saved by creating near-universal availability of key life-saving interventions, according to The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and the Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (2000-2010).