The Countdown to 2015 was established in 2005 as a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution collaboration. The Countdown aims to provide the best and most recent scientific evidence on country-level progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals 4 on reducing child mortality and 5 on improving maternal health, and to improve the use of national data to accelerate attention, accountability, and action for scaling up coverage of priority maternal, newborn and child health interventions.
The Countdown adds value by forging a clear, evidence-based consensus on priority interventions and coverage indicators for MNCH; producing country profiles and generating increased visibility and use of national level data; analyzing coverage trends, with increased awareness of gaps and contextual factors; developing and validating new and innovative methods to track progress towards MDGs 4 and 5; serving as an accountability mechanisms through engaging parliamentarians and scientists; and by linking science and action along the continuum of care.
Countdown analyses and policy message are disseminated through the Countdown report and country profiles, policy briefs, Countdown conferences, and through publications and special series in the Lancet, which can be found in "The Lancet" section of the website.
The Countdown to 2015 is overseen by the Coordinating Committee, heading two Sub-committees: the Technical Sub-Committee and the Advocacy and Events Sub-Committee. The technical analysis are carried out by working groups on coverage, equity, financing, and policies and systems.
Two international conferences have been organized by the Countdown:
Countdown Conference 2005: London, United Kingdom
Countdown Conference 2008: Cape Town, South Africa (in conjunction with the 118th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union). – less–ZoomInfo