The Population Council grieves the passing of Dr. Harold A. Nash, a former Council staff member and innovator in the field of contraceptive research and development. He died on Friday, April 22 at the age of 97.
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.
New findings from the Population Council’s Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents (BALIKA) project show that providing girls with educational support or skills training can reduce child marriage in Bangladesh by up to one-third.
New research from the Population Council published in PLOS ONE highlight the importance of providing women with access to accurate information about the benefits of male circumcision as a strategy to protect themselves and their families from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The findings were reported on by POZ Magazine.
Researchers will present 18 studies on important health and development issues.