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December 17, 2012

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The approach of the 2015 deadline has stimulated reflection on the usefulness and effectiveness of the MDGs and deliberations on what should succeed them. What can be learnt from the experience of the MDGs at global and country levels? Should the post 2015 goals emphasize issues that are missing in the MDG framework, such as inequality, empowerment, climate change, and sustainability? And where does health fit within this emerging agenda A frequent criticism of the current MDGs is their preoc

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, po

December 07, 2012

How changes in coverage affect equity in maternal and child health interventions in 35 Countdown to 2015 countries: an analysis of national surveys

Achievement of global health goals will require assessment of progress not only nationally but also for population subgroups. We aimed to assess how the magnitude of socioeconomic inequalities in health changes in relation to different rates of national progress in coverage of interventions for the health of mothers and children. We assessed coverage in low-income and middle-income countries for which two Demographic Health Surveys or Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys were available. We calcula

November 30, 2012

2012 Countdown Accountability for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival - An update on progress in priority countries

In this publication, released on March 2012, Countdown to 2015 provides profiles for the countries in the world where more than 95% of all maternal and child deaths occur. The profiles highlight how well each country 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 profiles, selected in 2011 by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health, encompass k