Countdown to 2030 launches country and equity profiles

Countdown to 2030 launched its detailed country and equity profiles on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health for the 81 countries that account for 95% of all maternal deaths and 90% of all child deaths at the PMNCH Board meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi on 13 December. Malawi stands out because of its strong progress in intervention coverage for essential interventions across the continuum of care. Among the Countdown countries, Malawi now has one of the smallest inequalities between the wealthiest and poorest populations for coverage of reproductive, maternal and child health services

In his presentation to the PMNCH Board, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University and the Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto; described the new national and equity profiles prepared for each of the 81 Countdown priority countries (available online at profiles.countdown2030.org). He also spoke of the transition from Countdown to 2015 to Countdown to 2030, and its three main objectives of monitoring progress, improving the measurement of indicators across the continuum of care, and capacity building on data analysis and use through regional networks.

Dr Bhutta noted that Countdown has retained its partnership structure, and has expanded its analyses in response to the broader SDG agenda. In addition to its focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, Countdown is including more analyses on nutrition, effective coverage, early childhood development, conflict settings, reproductive health, and adolescent health.

The next Countdown report and accompanying Lancet article will be launched at an upcoming measurement meeting Countdown is convening in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 31 January -1 February.

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