The United Nations estimates that by 2100, Africa will be home to approximately 4.4 billion people. The Economist explored the implications of this population growth on development, poverty reduction and healthcare on the continent.
The poorest girls in the poorest communities around the world exist in a near constant state of emergency because of vulnerabilities brought on by their age, sex, and economic status. Humanitarian emergencies—such as those caused by extreme events related to climate change—intensify pressures on girls to act as caregivers and greatly increase their vulnerabilities.
World AIDS Day on 1 December is the right time to think about the health and lives of adolescent girls. Because, across Africa, HIV strikes particularly hard against adolescent girls and young women.
The Population Council is conducting the world’s largest body of research on ways to improve the lives of adolescent girls in the developing world. For more than 25 years, the Council has developed and evaluated innovative programs and systems to increase access to quality reproductive health and HIV services and reduce the vulnerabilities that can increase girls’ lifetime risk for HIV and AIDS. Council research shows that if we can reach girls early, keep them safe and in school, and give them critical skills and information and a say in their own lives, they will be on the path to a safer, healthier adulthood.
A new global commitment to address the various factors that increase girls’ risk for HIV infection and help keep them safe from HIV was announced in 2014. We asked Janet Fleischman of CSIS to comment on what she thinks of this heightened response and what’s needed to keep adolescent girls HIV free.
MZC Microbicide Gel Demonstrates Strong Efficacy Against HIV and HSV-2 in Preclinical Study
NEW YORK—New data from a preclinical safety and efficacy study of the candidate microbicide gel MZC, which targets HIV, herpes simplex virus (HSV-2) and human papillomavirus (HPV), shows that the gel performs as well as, or in many cases, better than, tenofovir (TFV) 1% gel, a leading microbicide candidate.
In September 2015, the global community ushered in a new era as the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda presents a progressive vision that will be delivered through 17 new "Sustainable Development Goals." Embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a commitment to ensuring the equal status of women. More specifically, goals three and five aim to achieve gender equality by empowering women and girls and guaranteeing "universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights."
A new 19-minute documentary film and photography series explores how the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP) finds the best ways to help girls in Zambia become the women they aspire to be.
In Islamabad, Pakistan on 5–6 November 2015, national and provincial political leaders, political parties, and religious leaders forged a truly historic consensus on the urgency of addressing population and development issues, and notably the need for urgent attention to birth spacing and girls' education.
WomanCare Global Acquires Global Commercial Rights for Nestorone®/Ethinyl Estradiol (NES/EE) Contraceptive Vaginal Ring
NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO—In a major step forward for women’s health, the Population Council and WomanCare Global (WCG) today announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for WCG to make the Council’s investigational NES/EE contraceptive ring available in the developed and developing worlds. This announcement marks an important contribution to achieving the goal of universal access to family planning for women and couples around the world.
With the largest generation of young people that the world has ever seen, and because of the grave cost that gender inequality extracts from their potential, the test of whether or not the next 15 years deliver sustainable development lies with the adolescent girl. She is the face of the future. Realizing her rights to dignity through access to health, keeping her safe and in school, and giving her critical information and a say in her own life will transform her future. Transforming her future means all of our futures are transformed.