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Countdown to 2015

Countdown 2015 Report

Tracking the provision of life-saving interventions for women and children


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Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival (Countdown) was a global movement to track, stimulate and support country progress toward MDGs 4 and 5. Countdown tracked national-level coverage of a core set of evidence-based interventions proven to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality since 2005, as well as equity in coverage and selected determinants of coverage change.

The analytical work of Countdown was carried out by Working Groups. The Coverage Technical Working Group was co-chaired by the Data and Analytics Division of UNICEF-New York and the Institute for International Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The successes of Countdown to 2015 continue under the new Countdown to 2030 initiative. 


The Working Group supported focused analyses of data on intervention coverage, giving priority to research questions related to program implementation. The analysis projects included:

Understanding the patterns of antenatal care: determinants of utilization and equity in access. Principle investigators: G RaadJ DeJong


The Coverage TWG also contributed to the conduct of case studies designed to increase understanding of country progress in reducing maternal and child mortality and undernutrition.  Learn more about the case studies on the Countdown website.

Coverage Technical Working Group Members, 2014
Bryce, Jennifer*Institute for Internat’l Programs Johns Hopkins University
Chou, DorisWHO
DeJong, JocelynFaculty of Health Sciences American University of Beirut
Dwivedi, ArchanaData and Analytics UNICEF – NY
El Arifeen, ShamsICDDR,B
Hodgins, SteveSaving Newborn Lives
Hounton, SennenUNFPA
Moran, AllisynUSAID
Newby, Holly*Statistics and Monitoring Unit UNICEF – NY
Requejo, JenniferPMNCH
Terreri, NancyCountdown consultant
Tibenderana, James *co-chairsMalaria Consortium, Uganda


This work was funded through a Sub-grant from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF under their Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival Grant (#OPP1058954) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”