How to use the Countdown country profile

Country Profiles

UNICEF/NYHQ2005-2410/Anita KhemkaThe Countdown country profile presents in one place the best and latest evidence to enable an assessment of a country’s progress in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) and achieving MDGs 4 and 5. Each profile presents the most recent available information on selected demographic measures of maternal, newborn, and child survival and nutritional status, coverage rates for priority interventions across the continuum of care, and selected indicators of equity, policy support, human resources, and financial flows. Missing values for certain indicators, or estimates that are more than five years old, indicate an urgent need for concerted action to increase data collection efforts, so that evidence is available to help policy-makers and their partners assess progress and prioritize actions in the effort to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality.

The most current Countdown country profiles —  abbreviated one-page profiles, customized to showcase the core indicators selected by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health —  appeared in Accountability for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival: The 2013 Update, which was launched in May 2013 at the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The most recent full two-page Countdown country profiles were published in June 2012 in Building a Future for Women and Children: The 2012 Report. Earlier Countdown country profiles were previously produced as part of the Countdown reports published in 20052008, and 2010.

A guide to using the Countdown country profile can be downloaded here, and a slide presentation describing the data in the country profile and its sources is available for download here.

In order to provide in-country audiences with a clear, detailed understanding of the data in the Countdown country profile, Countdown has also developed customized (and customizable) PowerPoint presentations for each of the 75 Countdown countries. These presentations, can be useful both as an introduction to the Country Countdown process and as a way of introducing policy makers, media, advocates, and other stakeholders to a set of essential data on the country’s current situation with regard to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health.

In addition, Countdown’s Equity Working Group in 2010 and 2012 produced detailed equity profiles for many of the Countdown countries. These profiles include systematic breakdowns of key coverage indicators by wealth quintiles, maternal education, sex of the child, urban/rural residence, and region of the country.

The data and results used to construct Countdown’s 2013 and 2012 reports and profiles are publicly available, and can be downloaded here. For more information about Countdown’s datasets, please contact the Countdown Secretariat at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The most updated country data on the coverage indicators tracked in Countdown are available at www.childinfo.org.

Countdown has produced profiles for the countries listed at left; all available profiles can be viewed by clicking on the country name.