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[Viewpoint] Moving ahead: what will a renewed Countdown to 2030 for Women and Children look like?

The Countdown to 2015 initiative (Countdown) represents a remarkable consortium of academicians, UN agencies, and development partners, which over the past decade, has focused its attention on tracking and analysing coverage of key interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) across 75 high burden countries that account for more than 95% of global maternal and child deaths. Initially started to ensure follow-up on the landmark Lancet Child Survival series,1,2 with innovative consolidation and presentation of coverage data on key interventions by country and regions,3 Countdown rapidly evolved with an expansion of its mandate to include reproductive and maternal health indicators across the continuum of care4 and more recently, analysis of nutrition trends and health policies.