The Countdown to 2015 in Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival
Meeting of the Core Group, Geneva, October 2007
A pivotal meeting of the Core Countdown Group was held at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland October 9-10, 2007. The majority of Core Group members were able to convene and engage in productive discussions concerning the objectives and main expected outcomes of the Global Countdown 2015 event to be held in Cape Town, April 2008. Consensus was reached about the next steps involved in planning the event and developing associated products. Youssouph Gaye from the Ministry of Health, Senegal also attended the meeting and shared with the group Senegal’s experience utilizing Countdown data to improve child survival.
In recognition of the advocacy-related opportunity the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting scheduled for April 13-18, 2008 in Cape Town represents, members of the Core Group proposed a list of potential ways parliamentarians attending the IPU could become involved in Global Countdown activities. Meeting participants also stressed that key expected outcomes of the Global Countdown event should include an increase in country ownership of Countdown data, the establishment of improved accountability mechanisms, greater adoption of best practices, and the identification of new opportunities.
Those in attendance agreed that three major types of products need to be developed in relation to the Countdown: A limited edition reference report that will contain the report and all 60 country profiles, a summary report and brief country profiles compiled in a package that can be handed out to Parliamentarians and other interested persons (the country profiles included in the packets can be modified upon request), and a series of articles to appear in a peer-reviewed journal. The summary report will provide an overview of the data and how it can be used at the country and international levels. The series of peer-reviewed articles will allow for more in-depth analysis of the data and a focus on answering the question of why countries are or are not progressing towards MDGs 4 & 5.