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Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: The 2015 Report

Countdown launched its 2015 Report on October 19, 2015, at the first Global Maternal & Newborn Health Conference, held in Mexico City.


The 2015 Report, A Decade of Tracking Progress for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival, includes an updated country profile for each of the 75 Countdown countries, which together account for more than 95% of the world’s maternal, newborn, and child deaths. This final Countdown to 2015 report begins with a summary of results from 2015 based on the data presented in those country profiles, and builds on a companion article that was published simultaneously inThe Lancet. It examines trends in mortality and nutrition; intervention coverage (including inequality); financial flows to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; and supportive policy and systems measures. The report then assesses changes in data availability and their implications for program managers and decision makers. It concludes by turning a critical lens on the Sustainable Development Goals framework and future accountability efforts, drawing from Countdown’s 10 years of monitoring experience.

The 2015 Report shows that, although some health issues and some countries have seen considerable progress, important gaps remain that must not be forgotten in the transition to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The headlines and data highlights from the 2015 Report can be viewed here.

Included in the 2015 Report:

  • A foreword by Graça Machel, Chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
  • Countdown headlines for 2015
  • Progress towards Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5
  • Countdown Country Case Studies—experiences and common themes
  • Intervention coverage is still too low for many interventions—and it matters!
  • What constitutes meaningful change in coverage?
  • Equity—targeting the underserved
  • Determinants of coverage and equity—policies, systems and financing
  • Important new data and secondary analyses on breastfeeding, family planning, antenatal care, and diarrhea case management
  • Tracking progress in coverage­—more and better data
  • Monitoring and accountability: how the Countdown experience can inform the Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Countdown country profile: a tool for action

Source: Countdown to 2015, Maternal Newborn and Child Survival


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