Countdown to 2030
Countdown to 2030 for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (or, Countdown) builds upon the successes of the Countdown to 2015 effort. It is a multi-stakeholder global movement that aims to
- accelerate the momentum to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths; and
- catalyze efforts to achieve the vision of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.
Countdown focuses on
- coverage and equity of cost-effective interventions against the main causes of maternal and child deaths
- the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) continuum of care including a focus on nutrition
- monitoring and accountability at country and global levels
- cutting-edge research on measurement of coverage, equity and key drivers of intervention coverage
- capacity strengthening at regional and country level
- high-burden countries with special attention to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
- providing UN agencies, Every Woman Every Child’s Independent Accountability Panel (IAP), the Global Nutrition Report, and other accountability efforts with specific analyses and technical inputs
Countdown to 2030 is managed by a set of core staff, most of who are based at the Institute for International Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The analytical work of Countdown is carried out by 3 technical working groups (coverage, equity and drivers). The Coverage Technical Working Group (CTWG), 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, conducts the analysis for the coverage indicators reported in Countdown’s global report and country profiles. The working group is also undertaking a series of secondary analyses on coverage of effective interventions, including improving measurement of effective coverage, and provides technical support to Countdown’s regional and country-level capacity building activities.
This work is funded through a sub-grant from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF under their Countdown to 2030 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with additional funding support from NORAD and USAID.