The Population Council’s Girl Roster is a practical tool to help increase girls' access to vital resources, facilities, and services. The Girl Roster is helping partners reach adolescent girls in some of the poorest communities around the world to help programs of all types become more cost-effective, reach more girls in need, and attain measurable results.
In an op-ed appearing in in Devex and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women Around the World blog, Population Council senior associate Sajeda Amin shares new evidence from the Council’s Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents (BALIKA) program.
BASEL, SWITZERLAND (4 May 2016) — This week at the 14th Congress of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health, experts from the Population Council presented on five topics: the need for investment in family planning research and development, the impact of family planning on maternal mortality, male contraceptives, new user-controlled family planning methods, and contraception during lactation. The focus of this year’s congress was Contraception: from molecular biology to social science and politics.
The Ending Eclampsia project's website endingeclampsia.org, which launched this week, is just one way the project is enhancing access to, and proper use of, antihypertensives and magnesium sulfate for women with, or at risk of, developing pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E). Complete with a Discussion Forum, Webinars, Global Coalition signup, and a Resources section that addresses the policy, health systems, and community bottlenecks and outlines opportunities, the website is a one-stop-shop for anyone focusing on reducing preventable deaths related to PE/E.
It is no secret that women and girls have far less access to the quality health services they need. The denial of their reproductive and maternal health rights can lead to maternal death and illness, unintended pregnancy, and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
When women have access to contraception everyone benefits. Women and children are healthier. Families and communities can invest more in education and health care. And poverty is reduced. Family planning should be a high policy priority and should be seen primarily in terms of its benefits to people’s health and rights, but also as an important investment in economic development and higher living standards.