Current Project

Countdown to 2030: Strengthening analysis and evidence for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa

Program: Data, Measurement & Evaluation

Country institutional capacity for data analysis is improving but very slowly and not keeping pace with greater data availability. In general, the Ministries of Health and National Statistical Offices in countries in East and Southern Africa have limited analytical and communication capacity, and there is variable institutional capacity outside of government, e.g. national public health institutes and academic institutions.  There are several bright spots in the sub-region – institutes with greater capacity– but these often get overloaded with projects and requests from government and development partners.

As part of Countdown to 2030, a global, multi-institutional initiative that aims to improve coverage measurement and monitoring, and strengthen the regional and country capacity for evidence generation and use, APHRC coordinated a regional consortium that brought together research and public health institutions as well as government agencies from 19 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), to help them better track and analyse data, and communicate research findings on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, reproductive health, and nutrition (RMNCAH&N). The initiative calls on governments and development partners to be accountable, identifies knowledge gaps, and proposes new actions to achieve universal coverage for women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health.

In the first phase, we were able to:

  1. Strengthen the evidence in support of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH&N) programs.
  2. Enhance the capacity of country and regional institutions to conduct RMNCAH&N-related analyses and research (read more about the workshops here, here and here.

After two successful analysis workshops organized in November 2017 and July 2018 that brought together government officials and academics from ESA countries, the next step is to support the dissemination and knowledge translation of the evidence generated. Specifically, APHRC plans to support few ESA countries to implement in-country dissemination activities targeting relevant audiences.

It is hoped that the evidence will be used by government decision-makers to improve programming, and increase resource allocation to achieve the national and global targets to end preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths.



Phase 1

  • Start Date: July 2017
  • End Date: June 2018

Research Uptake Phase:

  • Start Date: July 2018
  • End Date: June 2019


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (via UNICEF USA)

Project Funders

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