Countdown to 2015 and beyond: Fulfilling the health agenda for women and children

Jennifer Harris Requejo, Jennifer Bryce, Aluisio J.D. Barros, Peter Berman, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Mickey Chopra, Bernadette Daelmans, Andres De Francisco, Joy Lawn, Blerta Maliqi, Elizabeth Mason, Holly Newby, Carole Presern, Ann Starrs, Cesar G. Victora

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Summary The end of 2015 will signal the end of the Millennium Development Goal era, when the world can take stock of what has been achieved. The Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Survival (Countdown) has focused its 2014 report on how much has been achieved in intervention coverage in these groups, and on how best to sustain, focus, and intensify efforts to progress for this and future generations. Our 2014 results show unfinished business in achievement of high, sustained, and equitable coverage of essential interventions. Progress has accelerated in the past decade in most Countdown countries, suggesting that further gains are possible with intensified actions. Some of the greatest coverage gaps are in family planning, interventions addressing newborn mortality, and case management of childhood diseases. Although inequities are pervasive, country successes in reaching of the poorest populations provide lessons for other countries to follow. As we transition to the next set of global goals, we must remember the centrality of data to accountability, and the importance of support of country capacity to collect and use high-quality data on intervention coverage and inequities for decision making. To fulfill the health agenda for women and children both now and beyond 2015 requires continued monitoring of country and global progress; Countdown is committed to playing its part in this effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-476
Number of pages11
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number9966
StatePublished - Jan 31 2015

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  • General Medicine


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