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 — full two-page profiles featuring a range of coverage, equity, policy, health systems, and financing indicators – were published in June 2014 in Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children: The 2014 Report. Earlier Countdown country profiles were previously produced as part of the Countdown reports published in 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2012. 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, have been published during years when full profiles are not produced, beginning in 2012.

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, based on the 2012 country profiles and soon to be updated for 2014 profile data, 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 2014, 2012, and 2010 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 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.