On July 11, Family Planning 2020 marked the midpoint of the global partnership started at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning to drive progress on meeting the needs of millions of women and girls around the world.
In USA Today, Alejandra Colom, an associate and Guatemala Country Director at the Population Council, discusses the cultural influences in Latin America and the Caribbean that limit women’s access to contraception during the Zika epidemic, and how this is affecting the region’s abortion rates.
More than three years ago, the global Link Up consortium—led by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs—was launched with the broad mission of improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people (ages 10 to 24) in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia, Myanmar, and Uganda. As the global research partner for the consortium, the Population Council was tasked with evaluating selected Link Up interventions, as well as generating evidence to inform thinking on critical issues affecting young key populations.
Population Council President, Julia Bunting, spoke to NewsDeeply on the importance of investing in research and development of new contraceptive technologies.
Yesterday, the Population Council recognized Dr. Armando Ahued, the Minister of Health of Mexico City, as a leader and champion for universal health care access for all. Dr. Ahued and his colleagues recently launched a new project called, El Médico en Tu Casa (doctor in your home) to offer medical services to those who do not traditionally visit medical centers on their own. The aim of the project is to remove inequalities and focus on the goal of achieving quality care to all in Mexico and beyond. The Population Councils thanks Dr. Ahued for his continued efforts to make these goals a reality.