Sixty-ninth session of the UN General Assembly


21 September: Countdown country case study brief

At this year's RMNCH Accountability Breakfast, Countdown to 2015 launched its first Countdown Country Case Study Brief, a one-page report that graphically summarizes the exciting findings of the Countdown case study conducted in Bangladesh, which was published in The Lancet in June 2014. The first of a new series of country-specific briefs, it summarizes important lessons learned from a Countdown Country Case Study that explored Bangladesh's success in reducing maternal mortality. It shows, through clear graphics, that – by expanding access to delivery care, increasing access to and use of family planning, and educating more women and girls — Bangladesh was able to save thousands of women's lives each year. Countdown’s in-depth country case studies focus on understanding and explaining how progress on RMNCH was achieved.

Through its support for this research, Countdown aims to build a portfolio of studies that assess multiple outcomes across the continuum of care, and that include attention to success stories as well as areas where progress was not made, and analyze the reasons why. Countdown case studies are led by in-country institutions that are independent of RMNCH program implementation. Case study results from case studies in Bangladesh and Niger have been published in The Lancet; additional case studies are underway in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Pakistan, Peru, and Tanzania, with plans for more in 2015 and beyond.


Countdown to 2015 tracks coverage levels for health interventions proven to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality. It calls on governments and development partners to be accountable, identifies knowledge gaps, and proposes new actions to reach Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.