How to use the Countdown country profile

Afghanistan Maternal and Child Health Data

The Countdown country profile presents in one place the best and latest evidence to enable an assessment of progress in improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) and achieving MDGs 4 and 5. The profile presents the most recent available information at the time it was published on selected demographic measures, coverage rates for priority interventions across the continuum of care, and indicators of equity, policy support, human resources, and financial flows. Missing values, or estimates that are more than five years old, indicate an urgent need for concerted action to increase data collection efforts.

The most current Countdown country profile — an abbreviated, one-page “accountability profile” showcasing the core indicators selected by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health —  appeared in Accountability for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival: The 2013 Update, which was launched in May 2013 at the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It contains the latest available Afghanistan health data on key maternal and child health indicators.

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2013 Accountability Profile

The most recent full two-page Countdown country profile, which contains additional coverage indicators as well as selected indicators of equity, policy support, human resources, and financial flows, was published in June 2012 in Building a Future for Women and Children: The 2012 Report.

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2012 Profile thumb-Afghanistan

In order to provide in-country audiences with a clear, detailed understanding of the data in the country profile, Countdown has developed a customized (and customizable) PowerPoint presentation, in which each chart on the profile is presented on an individual slide, together with a brief explanation of the indicator presented. 

Afghanistan Health Data2012 Presentation

Countdown also produced full, two-page country profiles as part of its reports in 2010, 2008, and 2005.

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2010 Profile

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2008 Profile

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2005 Profile

In March 2012, Countdown published Accountability for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival: An update on progress in poor countries. This publication included special one-page Countdown country profiles, customized to showcase core indicators selected in 2011 by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health.

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—Accountability Profile, March 2012