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December 12, 2012

Countdown to 2015 - The 2012 report

Countdown to 2015 is a global movement to track, stimulate and support country progress towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. The 2012 CD report includes 75 countries and synthesizes data on coverage of lifesaving interventions across the continuum of care from pre-pregnancy and childbirth through childhood up to age 5, highlighting progress, obstacles to progress and missed opportunities.

Countdown focuses on what happens in countries where investments are made, policies are implemented, health services are received and women and children live or die. Equity information from the profiles intend to answer the following question: Do the gaps and inequities in coverage along the continuum of care suggest prioritizing specific interventions and increasing funding for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health?

Country profiles present in one place the best and latest evidence to assess country progress in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. These profiles allow exploring the range of data presented: demographics, mortality, coverage of evidence-based interventions, nutritional status and socioeconomic equity in coverage. Regarding equity information, a chart about socioeconomic inequities shows coverage of 11 health indicators stratified for the poorest 20% and the richest 20% of the population. Detailed information about the profiles can be found on the website.