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Achieving maternal and child health gains in Afghanistan: a Countdown to 2015 country case study.

Principal investigator: Dr. Zulfiqar A.Bhutta, Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and the Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University.

The Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Survival Consortium  tracks progress in maternal and child health and survival in more than 75 high mortality burden countries globally, including unstable and insecure countries such as Afghanistan. Following the 2001 US-invasion of Afghanistan and the fall of the Taliban, the impoverished country experienced a tumultuous period of democracy overshadowed by conflict, insurgency and inflow of development assistance. To date, little systematic evidence had been available on health gains for the most vulnerable populations - women and children - over that time. We undertook a comprehensive, systematic assessment of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014. We also conducted an in-depth assessment of socioeconomic and regional inequalities in access to and utilization of RMNCH interventions across the country.

Publications:

Coverage and inequalities in maternal and child health interventions in Afghanistan

Achieving maternal and child health gains in Afghanistan: a Countdown to 2015 country case study.

 

Project partners include Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Survival (transitioned to become Countdown to 2030 Consortium) , Aga Khan University, Federal University of Pelotas, Ministry of Public Health, Afghanistan, UNICEF Afghanistan, Central Statistics Office, Afghanistan

Supported by: US Fund for UNICEF under the Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Survival grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and from the Government of Canada, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Additional direct and in-kind support was received from the UNICEF Country Office Afghanistan, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the Aga Khan University, and Mother and Child Care Trust (Pakistan).

Project contact: Nadia.akseer@sickkids.ca or danielle.dannunzio@sickkids.ca