Countdown to 2030

Team contacts: Carine Ronsmans, Josephine Borghi

This project aims to provide rigorous analyses on global, regional and country progress on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, and support country capacity for data analysis and use for their health and nutrition programs. The project includes collaboration among measurement experts from global, regional, country academic institutions, in collaboration with UN agencies (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, and UNFPA). The purpose of the collaboration is global monitoring and measurement as well as strengthening the analytic capacity of regional institutions and networks in low- and middle-income countries to track progress (or lack thereof) of life-saving interventions for women’s and children’s health, including in-depth studies of six positive outlier countries to tease out drivers of successful progress in maternal and newborn health and survival over the past two decades.

To address the current resource gap to meet country needs for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH), the Global Financing Facility (GFF) is encouraging countries to increase domestic resources for RMNCH by generating additional revenue, ensuring existing revenue is collected and used efficiently, and by prioritizing resources for the health sector. Resource tracking at country level, and capacity for doing so, will therefore be essential to ensure adequate allocations of domestic financing for health in general and RMNCH in particular. As a result, future financing work for Countdown, led by the Data Analysis Centre (DAC) on Health Financing for RMNCH, will include ongoing monitoring of global aid flows for RMNCH, while focusing on country-level tracking and analysis of financing for health and RMNCH, and related capacity development activities.

Work package 1: Countdown Global Data and Analysis Centers (DAC)

The DAC on Health Financing for RMNCH will undertake work across five main domains as follows:

  1. Track and analyse global aid flows
  2. Review and propose methods for tracking domestic and external funding at country level
  3. Conduct and support analytical work on health financing at country level
  4. Explore potential for cross-DAC collaboration
  5. Build capacity for tracking funding and analysing financing at country level

Work package 2: Country Collaboration

In order to generate evidence on the performance of RMNCAH programs to enhance program impact in GFF countries, LSHTM will support the partner countries in analysing and interpreting data and strengthen the analytic capacity of country public health institutions and governments for progress tracking, annual and midterm reviews and sub-national and multi-sectoral Monitoring Learning and Evaluation. LSHTM will be the lead global institution in Liberia and Ethiopia (co-led by University of Manitoba), and the secondary global institution in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Uganda.

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