September 25, 2014
Written by Countdown to 2015
Through data from 75 countries that account for over 95% of all maternal and child deaths, Countdown to 2015 tracks coverage levels for proven RMNCH interventions, equity of coverage, health financing, policy and health systems and other determinants of coverage. It also calls on governments and development partners to be accountable, identifies knowledge gaps, and proposes new actions to improve health and reduce mortality. Countdown supports in-depth Country Case Studies that seek to understand and explain how progress on women’s and children’s health was achieved. This one-page brief, the first of a new series of Countdown Country Case Study Briefs, summarizes important lessons learned from a Bangladesh Case Study that explored the country’s success in reducing maternal mortality. Through clear graphics, it illustrates that—by expanding access to delivery care, increasing access to and use of family planning, and educating more women and girls — Bangladesh was able to save thousands of women’s lives each year.