Countdown to 2030

Project Period

January 2022 - December 2023

Countdown to 2030 for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (CD2030) focuses on tracking service coverage, inequalities and health systems for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH+N) globally, regionally and at country level. The Countdown to 2030–is a unique global collaboration of academic institutions, UN agencies, World Bank and civil societies to work with countries and strengthen the country capacity for data analysis and use.

Over time, CD2030 has evolved from a primarily global monitoring collaboration of academics, UN agencies and civil society to a country-focused network of global, regional, and country institutions and individuals. The aim is to maximize country evidence and capacity to analyze, interpret, and use empirical data, ranging from surveys to health facility and system data, to track coverage levels, trends, and inequalities. As such, CD2030 contributes to improving the survival and health of women, children, and adolescents with a focus on disadvantaged populations in low- and lower-middle income countries.

Originally known as Countdown to 2015, the Countdown Initiative started in 2003, in response to the challenge of monitoring the maternal and child health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015. At the end of the MDG era, the Countdown tom 2030 started in 2016 with an initial phase (2016 – 2019), when the Initiative adapted its strategies and approaches to align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and particularly the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030.

In the second phase (2020 – 2022), CD2030 expanded its work to collaborate with public health institutions in 15 countries through a partnership with the Global Financing Facility (GFF). During that period, the project implemented the Exemplars in Global Health (Maternal and Child Health component) research studies  to document the positive outliers that are associated with declines in maternal and new born mortality during the period 2000-2017 in 8 countries.


In the current phase (2022-2026), Countdown to 2030 is supporting analysis and capacity strengthening in 25 African GFF-supported countries as below;

  • Eastern and Southern Africa (9): Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • West and Central Africa (13): Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone
  • South Asia (3): Bangladesh, Pakistan, as well as India


CD2030 works closely with the GFF, WHO and UNICEF, to strengthen measurement and monitoring of progress in countries and globally. The GFF partnership has resulted in a common strategic results framework, multi-year country collaborations, joint activities on strengthening analytical capacity in countries and demand for more country engagement by CD2030. Partnership with UNICEF and WHO support United Nations work on norms and standards and evidence generation, country profile development, and ensures broad dissemination of CD2030 results.

The project aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Improved country-led data analysis and monitoring
  • Increased innovation and evidence through multi-country collaboration
  • Improved global monitoring and measurement
  • Improved communications for policies, programs and accountability


CD2030 has established a unique network of country and regional collaborations, with a focus on generating coverage and other results to inform national reviews of progress and analytical capacity strengthening. The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is leading the initiative particularly in sub-Saharan Africa which covers more than 80% of the CD2030 work.

The leadership of APHRC is central to the success of the CD2030, including the mobilization of expertise and forging partnerships within the region. The regional and country engagements, led by APHRC, have provided a fertile ground for innovative work such as the use of routine health facility data for subnational assessment of progress and performance, measurement of effective coverage, analytical work on advanced tracking of inequalities with household surveys and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in cities, which all led to scientific outputs and advances in RMNCAH+N measurement.


  • Start Date: 2022
  • End date: 2026


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 


  • Cheikh Mbacké Faye
  • Martin Mutua
  • Estelle Monique Sidze
  • Yohannes Wado
  • Ann Njeri
  • Alypio Nyandwi
  • Diarra Bousso Senghor
  • Arsene Brunelle Sandie
  • Ndeye Awa Fall
  • Dieneba Aidara
  • El Hadji Malick Sylla
  • Godfrey Adero
  • Diana Munjuri
  • Corretta Tira
  • Sohna Thiam
  • Eliud Wekesa 


Project Funders

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Head of the West Africa Regional Office

Cheikh Mbacke Faye

Cheikh is currently the Head of the APHRC West Africa…

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Research Scientist

Estelle Monique Sidze

Dr. Estelle Sidze is a maternal and child health specialist…

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Head of Chronic Disease Management

Gershim Asiki

Gershim Asiki is a Research Scientist at APHRC, leading the…

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Advocacy Project Manager

Lynette Kamau

Lynette leads the Eastern Africa Health Policy and Research Organization,…

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Martin Kavao Mutua

Martin works under the Health Challenges and Systems research program.…

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Research Scientist

Yohannes Wado

Yohannes Dibaba Wado is a Research Scientist at APHRC, working…

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Research Officer

Ndèye Awa Fall

Ndèye Awa is a Research Officer at the APHRC West…

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Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

El Hadji Malick Sylla

Malick is a post-doctoral Research Scientist with the Care Economy Africa…

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Anne Waithera Njeri

Anne works in the Data and Measurement unit. Her expertise…

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Project Officer

Alypio Nyandwi

Alypio coordinates and monitors the implementation of a SIDA-APHRC Fund…

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Post Doctoral Research Scientist

Diarra Bousso Senghor

Diarra Bousso Senghor supports project activities in the West Africa…

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Associate Research Scientist/Statistician


Arsène supports research design, statistical analyses, dissemination, and scientific writing…

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Research Officer


Dieneba is a Research Officer working with the Hewlett Care…

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Training Program Assistant

Diana Awuor

Diana is an exceptional coordinator and has been instrumental in…

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Research Officer

Malick Sarr

Malick is a Research Officer with experience in medical anthropology,…

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