Countdown Articles

Articles presenting Countdown data and analysis have also been published in The Lancet and other journals, including the following:


  • Pitt C, Grollman C, Martínez-Álvarez M, Arregoces L, Lawn JE, Borghi J. Countdown to 2015: an analysis of donor funding for prenatal and neonatal health, 2003-2013. BMJ Global Health 4 April 2017.
  • Grollman C, Arregoces L, Martinez-Alvarez M, Pitt C, Powell-Jackson T, Hsu J, Greco G, Borghi J.
    Developing a dataset to track aid for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, 2003–2013.  Scientific Data 4, Article number: 170038 (2017). doi:10.1038/sdata.2017.38.
  • Gao, Y et al. Progress and challenges in maternal health in western China: a Countdown to 2015 national case study.  The Lancet Global Health , Volume 0 , Issue 0.
  • Grollman C, Arregoces L, Martínez-Álvarez M,  Pitt C,  Mills A,  Borghi J.  11 years of tracking aid to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health: estimates and analysis for 2003-13 from the Countdown to 2015.  The Lancet Global Health, Volume 5, Issue 1: January 2017, pages e104-114. DOI 10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30304-7
  • Huicho L,  Huayanay-Espinoza CA,  Herrera-Perez E,  Segura ER,  Niño de Guzman J, Rivera-Ch M,  Barros AJD. Factors behind the success story of under-five stunting in Peru: a district ecological multilevel analysis. BMC Pediatrics (2017) 17:29 DOI 10.1186/s12887-017-0790
  • Pozo-Martin F, Nove A, Castro Lopes S, Campbell J, Buchan J, Dussault G, Kunjumen T, Cometto G, Siyam A. Health workforce metrics pre- and post-2015: a stimulus to public policy and planning. Human Resources for Health 15:14 (February 2017). DOI:


  • Owen HJ, Singh NS, Berman P, Lawn JE, Requejo J. Countdown to 2015 Country Case Studies: Analysing Progress Towards Maternal and Child Survival in the Millennium Development Goal Era. BMC Public Health 2016, 16(suppl 2):791 doi 10.1186/s12889-016-3398-x pdfPDF
  • Wehrmeister FC, Restrepo-Mendez MC, Franca GVA, Victora CG and Barros AJD, (2016) Summary indices for monitoring universal coverage in maternal and child health care. Bull World Health Organ 94:903-12. DOI 10.2471/BLT.16.173138 pdfPDF
  • Tam Y, Huicho L, Huayanay-Espinoza CA, Restrepo-Méndez MC, (2016) Remaining missed opportunities of child survival in Peru: modelling mortality impact of universal and equitable coverage of proven interventions. BMC Public Health 16:1048. DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3668-7 pdfPDF
  • Gon G, Restrepo-Méndez MC, Campbell,OMR, Barros AJD, Woodd S, Benova L, (2016) Who Delivers without Water? A Multi Country Analysis of Water and Sanitation in the Childbirth Environment. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160572. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0160572 pdfPDF
  • Carvajal-Vélez L, Amouzou A, Perin J, Maïga A, Tarekegn H, Akinyemi A, Shiferaw S, Young M, Bryce J, Newby H, Diarrhea management in children under five in sub-Saharan Africa: does the source of care matter? A Countdown analysis. BMC Public Health (2016) 16:830 DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3475-1 pdfPDF
  • Leone T, Cetorelli V, Neal S, Matthews Z, Financial accessibility and user fee reforms for maternal healthcare in five sub-Saharan countries: a quasi-experimental analysis. BMJ Open 2016; 6:1 e009692. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009692. pdfPDF
  • Hosseinpoor AR, Bergen N, Barros A, Wong K, Boerma T, Victora C, Monitoring subnational regional inequalities in health: measurement approaches and challenges. International Journal for Equity in Health.2016, 15:18.  DOI: 10.1186/s12939-016-0307-y. pdfPDF 
  • Bryce J, Colbourn T et al, Malawi and Millennium Development Goal 4: a Countdown to 2015 country case study. Lancet Global Health, 21 January 2016. DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00294-6. pdfPDF 
  • Franca GVA, Restrepo-Mendez MC, Maia MFS, Victora CG, Barros AJD.  Coverage and equity in reproductive and maternal health interventions in Brazil:  impressive progress over the last 4 decades. International Journal of Equity in Health 15:1 (November 2016). 
  • Victora C, Requejo J, Boerma T, Amouzou A, Bhutta ZA, Black RE, Chopra M, on behalf of Countdown to 2030.  Countdown to 2030 for RMNCAHN (comment) September 2016   


  • Victora C, Requejo JH, Bryce J et al, Countdown to 2015: a decade of tracking progress for maternal, newborn, and child survival. Lancet, 17 October 2015. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00519-XpdfPDF
  • Bhutta ZA, Chopra M, Moving ahead: what will a renewed Countdown to 2030 for Women and Children look like? (Viewpoint). Lancet, 17 October 2015. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00527-9pdfPDF
  • Afnan-Holmes H, Magoma M et al for the Tanzanian Countdown Country Case Study Group, Tanzania’s Countdown to 2015: an analysis of two decades of progress and gaps for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, to inform priorities for post-2015. Lancet Global Health 2015; 3: e396-409, July 2015. DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00059-5pdfPDF
  • Requejo JH, Bhutta ZA, The post-2015 agenda: staying the course in maternal and child survival. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2015; 100:S76-S81 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2013-305737pdfPDF
  • Arregoces L, Daly F, Pitt C et al, Countdown to 2015: changes in official development assistance to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, and assessment of progress between 2003 and 2012. Lancet Global Health 2015; 3, e410-421, July 2015. DOI 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00057-1. pdfPDF 



  • Walker N, Yenokyan G, Friberg I, Bryce J, Patterns in coverage of maternal, newborn, and child health interventions: projections of neonatal and under-5 mortality to 2035, Lancet, 21 September 2013. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61748-1 pdf[547 KB]
  • Hsu J, Pitt C, Berman P, Mills A, Reproductive health priorities: evidence from a resource tracking analysis of official development assistance in 2009 and 2010, Lancet, 18 May 2013. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60762-X pdf





The Lancet: Full Countdown issue, April 12, 2008.




In addition, The Lancet has published numerous special series on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health issues, many of them including articles authored by Countdown partners. More information about these series is available here.