Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival

Author: Countdown to 2015 and partners
Publication date: 2010

The profiles in this publication highlight how well each of the priority countries (which together represent 95 per cent of maternal and child mortality) is doing in increasing coverage of high-impact interventions that can save the lives of millions of women and children. The core indicators included in these updated profiles encompass key elements of the reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health 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. Countdown’s key role in fostering accountability consists of:

  • Preparing Countdown profiles focused on the Commission’s indicators—the profiles published in this report will be updated every year with new data and results
  • Producing global-level analyses, reports, and cross-cutting research on coverage and its determinants
  • Conducting special analyses to address accountability questions—Countdown research will inform the work of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG), appointed by the Secretary-General to report annually on progress in implementing the Commission’s recommendations regarding reporting, oversight, and accountability
  • Supporting country-level Countdown processes that include national consultations, workshops, or publications utilizing Countdown data and methodological approaches—Countdown will publish a toolkit to assist countries in implementing their own Countdown processes later in 2012.

Earlier versions of the report:

2010 Countdown to 2015 Decade Report
2010 Countdown to 2015 Brochure