UNICEF’s Countdown to 2030 report comes in the context of the organization’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
The report looks in depth at “trends in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition from a wide array of sources”.
The majority of the data comes from UNICEF’s 81 Countdown priority countries – those which, when combined, account for 95% of maternal deaths and 90% of deaths among children under age 5.
UNICEF states: “Countdown’s primary focus is the continuum of care, with some expansion into nutrition, adolescent health (limited to adolescent girls’ reproductive health), early childhood development, quality of care and effective coverage, and conflict settings.”
Key Messages in the UNICEF Report
The report makes several vital points and practical rallying cries, including:
- Although they have made general progress, the Countdown countries need much more action and coverage for essential services in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child health and nutritional matters.
- Major investment is needed for the health of women and children.
- Better data is needed to properly assess needs in nutrition programs, early childhood development and adolescent health.