July 7, 2016 – The Lives Saved Tool was used to analyze Afghanistan’s progress in reducing child and maternal mortality for the Countdown to 2015 case study series. The assessment indicated that a lack of reliable data due to the political instability in Afghanistan has made it impossible to provide accurate estimates of mortality reduction.
However, even with limited data, there is evidence that coverage of maternal, newborn, and child health interventions increased over the past decade, although Afghanistan did not reach the Millennium Development Goals.
In addition to retrospective analysis, the case study looked at future scenarios for Afghanistan. LiST was used to identify the interventions that would have the biggest impact and to model the impact of scaling up intervention packages by 2025. Scaling up all intervention packages to 90% could avert up to 84% of neonatal deaths, 92% of postnatal deaths, and 89% of maternal deaths. Due to its high maternal mortality rate, maternal emergency obstetric care and care for newborns were two effective intervention packages that had the potential to save up to 19,000 newborns and 2,700 mothers. Other high-impact intervention packages included immunizations, water and sanitation interventions, and treatment for malnutrition. The full case study can be accessed here.