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.

Afghanistan Country Profile 2014-1During 2014 and 2015, an  Afghanistani-led research team is conducting a Countdown Country Case Study to better understand the country’s progress on elements of RMNCH. The study’s results are expected to be published during 2015, and updated information on the case study will be posted here.

The most current Countdown country profile for Afghanistan —  a full two-page profile featuring a range of coverage, equity, policy, health systems, and financing indicators – was published in June 2014 in Fulfilling the Health Agenda for Women and Children: The 2014 Report, which was launched in June 2014 at the PMNCH Partners’ Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. It contains the latest available Afghanistan health data on key maternal and child health indicators. 

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2014 Profile

Countdown also produced full, two-page country profiles as part of its reports in 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2005. Abbreviated one-page profiles, customized to showcase the core indicators selected by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health, have been published during years when full profiles are not produced, beginning in 2012.

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2013 Accountability Profile

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2012 Profile

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2012 Accountability Profile

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2010 Profile

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2008 Profile

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2005 Profile

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 2012 profile is presented on an individual slide, together with a brief explanation of the indicator presented.

Afghanistan Health Data—2012 Presentation

A PowerPoint presentation with data from the 2014 profile is currently in preparation, and will be available for download here soon.

As a supplement to the Countdown Reports in 2014, 2012, and 2010, Countdown’s Equity Working Group produced equity country profiles, containing extra information on selected maternal and child health indicators, disaggregated according to sex, region of residence, wealth quintile, maternal education, and country region.

pdfAfghanistan Health Data—2014 Equity Profile how-to-2014