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Accelerating progress towards universal health coverage for women and children in Asia and the Pacific
Published: November 2016

In pursuing Universal Health Coverage (UHC), countries aim to extend coverage of quality health services to all people and to protect them from the risk of financial hardship when paying for them. Achieving a UHC system is as much a political process as a technical one. More and more countries are moving towards publicly financed health care systems that cover the whole population for essential health services, enabling them to reduce preventable illness and death, particularly in women and children.

Reimagine the Future: Innovation for every child (The State of the World's Children 2015)
Published: November 2014

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this edition of The State of the World’s Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the world’s most disadvantaged children. The report is inspired by the work of innovators around the world – who are pushing boundaries and crafting solutions for local problems that reflect urgent global needs – towards a future in which all children can enjoy their rights. 

The digital report is a crowd-sourced compilation of stories and videos. It includes an interactive platform that maps innovations in countries all over the world, and invites users to put their own ideas ‘on the map’. It is available at 

Action plan for healthy newborn infants in the Western Pacific Region (2014–2020) (pdf)
Published: May 2014

The Report has been developed following intensive consultations with technical experts as well as representatives from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), WHO and UNICEF. It recommends evidence-based actions to improve newborn infant health that can be taken by governments and by development partners.

The State of the World's Children 2014 in Numbers: Every Child Counts (pdf)
Published:  January 2014

The report highlights the importance of data in making progress for children and exposing the unequal access to services and protections that mars the lives of so many. It also notes that "being counted makes children visible, and this act of recognition makes it possible to address their needs and advance their rights." It adds that innovations in data collection, analysis and dissemination are making it possible to disaggregate data by such factors as location, wealth, sex, and ethnic or disability status, to include children who have been excluded or overlooked by broad averages. 

Multi-sectoral Approaches to Nutrition: The Case for Investment by Public Health, water, sanitation, and hygien (pdf)
Published: January 2014

Poor nutrition compromises the immune system and opens vulnerability to frequent illness which often weakens nutritional status. By harnessing the power of this synergistic relationship, we can improve the overall nutrition of vulnerable populations by delivering public health interventions—like access to health, water, and sanitation services,and disease control and prevention.


Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed (pdf)
Published: 2013

The annual number of under-five deaths fell from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012. But much faster progress is needed to reduce preventable diseases that cause child mortality. This is the second report in a series intended to track progress on child survival and promote accountability for global commitments.

UNICEF  communication for development support to public health preparedness and disaster risk reduction in Asia Pacific (pdf)
Published: August 2013

The report reviews lessons learnt of UNICEF’s Communication for Development (C4D) programming related to disaster risk reduction, preparedness, communicable disease control, institutional systems strengthening and community resilience, as well as programming strategies currently being shaped to reach the most vulnerable communities.

Comprehensive needs assessment of newborn care in selected countries (pdf)
Published: March 2013

The report provides comprehensive, equity-focussed needs assessment for country-specific newborn care programming in three selected countries in the East Asian and Pacific region: Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Philippines.

Comitting to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed (pdf)
Launched: September 2012
Publisher: UNICEF

The report examines trends in child mortality estimates since 1990, and shows that major reductions have been made in under-five mortality rates in all regions and diverse countries. This has translated into a sharp drop in the estimated number of under-five deaths worldwide.

Countdown to 2015: Building a future for women and children (pdf)
Launched: June 2012
Publisher: World Health Organization and UNICEF

Countdown to 2015 is a global movement to track, stimulate and support country progress towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals, particularly goals 4 (reduce child mortality) and 5 (improve maternal health; box 2).

Pneumonia and diarrhoea: Tackling the deadliest diseases (pdf)
Launched: June 2012
Publisher: UNICEF

Pneumonia and diarrhoea are leading killers of the world’s youngest children, accounting for 29 per cent of deaths among children under age 5 worldwide – or more than 2 million lives lost each year. This report makes a remarkable and compelling argument for tackling two of the leading killers of children under age five.

The Mongolia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2010 (pdf)
Published: December 2011
Publisher: National Statistics Office and UNICEF Mongolia

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey was conducted to assess implementation of the Law on Statistics, to collect data for assessing the health, education, development, protection and situation of children and women to monitor the progress on achieving the goals of the implementation of the child protection related international agreements, the National Program and MDGs, and to revise the data from the previous survey.

Child Mortality Report 2011 (pdf)
Publication year: September 2011
Publishers: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UN Population Division

Child mortality is a key indicator not only of child health and nutrition but also of the implementation of child survival interventions and, more broadly, of social and economic development. This report presents the latest estimates of under-five, infant and neonatal mortality and assesses progress towards MDG 4.

Facts for Life (pdf)
Publication year: 2010

The publication provides life-saving information to families and communities on how to prevent child and maternal deaths, diseases, injuries and violence. Now in its fourth edition, 'Facts for Life' has benefitted millions of individuals and communities since its first publication in 1989. 

Assesment of the reaching every district strategy in Mongolia (pdf)
Publication year: 2010

This report reflects a rapid assessment of the Reaching Every District (RED) strategy in Mongolia to capture the impact on health service access in the 13 subdistricts. RED has been used in building up the capacities of district-level health care services to increase immunization coverage.

Level & Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2010 (pdf)
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank

Since 1990 the global under-five mortality rate has fallen by a third—from 89 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 60 in 2009. All regions except Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and Oceania have seen reductions of at least 50 percent.

Health Service Access Among Poor Communities in Phnom Penh (pdf)
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: UNICEF Cambodia

The Health Sector Strategic Plan 2008-2015 stipulates that the long term vision of the Ministry of Health is to enhance sustainable development of the health sector for better health and well-being of all Cambodian, especially of the poor, women and children. This study enables us to understand the challenges.

Countdown to 2015: Decade Report (2000-2010) (pdf)

Countdown collects and analyses data from the 68 countries that account for at least 95% of maternal and child deaths. It produces country profiles that present coverage data for a range of key health services. It reviews progress over 2000–2010.

Health equity in Viet Nam: maternal and child mortality (pdf)
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: UNICEF Viet Nam

This situational analysis provides estimates of the degree of inequality in bothmaternal and child mortality and other high-level maternal and child health outcomes causally related to maternal and child mortality, including child morbidity, children's nutritional status and fertility.



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