Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children: The 2014 Report

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Countdown launched its 2014 Report on June 30, 2014, at the Partners’ Forum of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Countdown was a co-sponsor of the Forum, together with PMNCH, A Promise Renewed, and the independent Expert Review Group (iERG).

The 2014 Report, Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children, was released exactly 18 months to the day from the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals at the end of 2015. Like previous Countdown reports, it includes an updated, detailed profile for each of the 75 Countdown countries, which together account for more than 95% of the global burden of maternal, newborn and child death. The report shows that progress has been impressive in some areas, but it also highlights the vast areas of unfinished business that must be prioritized in the post-2015 framework.

The 2014 Report also provides an assessment of the state of the data to support evidence-based decisions in women’s and children’s health, and describes elements of the Countdown process that might inform ongoing efforts to hold the world to account for progress. It concludes by laying out concrete action steps that can be taken now to ensure continued progress for women and children in the years ahead.

The headlines and data highlights from the 2014 Report can be viewed here.

Included in the 2014 Report:

  • "Unfinished business, achievable goals"
  • Nutrition: a building block for progress
  • Coverage across the continuum of care, globally and at the country level
  • Equity: no women and children left behind
  • Determinants of coverage and equity — policies, systems and financing
  • Data revolution and evolution: the foundation for accountability and progress
  • The Countdown process—what we have learned so far
  • Countdown speaks: priorities for the next 500 days and beyond

Dowload the full report including profiles by clicking here. To download individual sections, click here to navigate to the Countdown to 2015 website.

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