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Voluntary, Human Rights-Based Family Planning: A Conceptual Framework

New Article in Studies in Family Planning by Karen Hardee, Jan Kumar, Karen Newman, Lynn Bakamjian, Shannon Harris, Mariela Rodríguez, and Win Brown

NEW YORK (21 March 2014) — Leaders from diverse organizations in the family planning field published a conceptual framework encouraging voluntary family planning programs to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights.

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Pakistan: Better Reproductive Health Care Urgently Needed

The Council’s research on safe postabortion care in Pakistan is featured in an article about the importance of providing comprehensive abortion care, including contraceptive services, in a country where 700,000 unsafe abortions occur every year. The article also notes that access to quality family planning services must be made more widely available, particularly in rural and underserved areas. Read the article in the Daily Times.

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Population Council Launches Study Testing Interventions to Improve Girls’ Lives in Kenya

Project Joins Council Projects in Nigeria, Elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, to Generate Evidence Benefiting Girls

NEW YORK (4 February 2014) — The Population Council announced today the launch of a large new research program designed to benefit adolescent girls in Kenya. The initiative will provide girls with access to interventions in the health, wealth creation, education, and violence-prevention sectors. Through a rigorous evaluation design, the Council will investigate which combinations of multi-sectoral approaches work most effectively to improve the lives of vulnerable adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Population Council Awarded Cooperative Agreement by USAID to Develop Non-Antiretroviral Microbicides to Prevent HIV

NEW YORK (6 January 2014) — The Population Council today announced it was awarded a cooperative agreement from the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of HIV and AIDS: "Non-ARV Based Combination Microbicide that Blocks HIV and Other STIs." The agreement, made possible by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), supports the development of safe, effective, and acceptable non-antiretroviral (ARV) microbicides for the prevention of HIV and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), such as herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). The five-year, $20-million initiative will also identify regulatory pathways to advance the Council’s non-ARV microbicides into clinical testing.

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Long-Acting Reversible Contraception in the Context of Full Access, Full Choice

2013 Statement from the Bellagio Group on LARCs

NEW YORK (18 December 2013) — In November 2013 at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Population Council convened the third meeting of international experts to discuss ways to expand contraceptive choice and accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goal of universal access to reproductive health services by increasing access to highly effective, long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARCs).

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Population Briefs

Menstruation Accounts for Only a Small Proportion of Girls’ Absenteeism in Malawi, Study Suggests

Menstruation Accounts for Only a Small Proportion of Girls’ Absenteeism in Malawi, Study Suggests

In many countries of the developing world, and especially in rural areas, girls who attend school do so for only a few years, often dropping out when they are in their early teenage years.

The reasons for school dropout vary. Education for girls is not considered important or is actively opposed in some societies. Often girls are expected to marry at an early age; few stay in school afterward, especially if they have children. Economic factors can be just as important because families sometimes cannot afford school fees for any or all of their children. When decisions must be made among siblings in regards to education, boys nearly always are given priority.

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Population Briefs

Increasing Girls’ Protective Assets in Rural Upper Egypt

Increasing Girls’ Protective Assets in Rural Upper Egypt

The vulnerability of adolescent girls in developing countries is recognized and well-documented. In few places, however, do they face as many deep-seated and complicated challenges as Egypt.

The country has made significant strides, in school enrollment, health, and economic development. Yet women and girls continue to face many challenges. Some 90 percent of Egyptian women have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), often as teenagers. Girls are far more likely than boys to have never enrolled or to have dropped out of school after only a few years. And girls, particularly out-of-school girls, are more likely than boys to have limited mobility, which leads to social isolation, fewer friends, and fewer opportunities to fully participate in public spaces and play a meaningful role in society. Indicators like these underscore the need for new and innovative approaches to empowering girls.

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