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Developing Products to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections

Researchers around the world are working to develop new ways to stop a collection of diseases that infect more than a million people every day.  These infections cause serious, sometimes fatal complications including maternal and infant mortality, infertility or anogenital cancer, and can increase susceptibility to HIV.  Billions of people are at risk…but too often these diseases are either ignored, or regarded as unavoidable “facts of life.”

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Ending Female Genital Cutting in a Generation

Five years ago, more than three million girls each year were at risk of undergoing genital cutting - part of a complex mix of norms and societal expectations. Today, due to growing populations and the fact that ever more countries are admitting to girls being cut, many more girls are at risk. 

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Media Coverage

New Study on Divorce Rates in sub-Saharan Africa Published in Pop Council Journal

In a new study published in Population and Development Review, a journal of the Population Council, Shelley Clark and Sarah Brauner-Otto of McGill University find that contrary to expectations, divorce has been stable or declining in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 

"In African countries where women enter into unions when they are older and more mature, marriages tend to be more stable, resulting in less divorce."

Listen to Clark's interview with the BBC here

Shelley Clark is Professor of Sociology and Director, Centre on Population Dynamics, at McGill University. She serves on the Editorial Committee of Population Council journal, Studies in Family Planning

Press Releases

Population Council to Present More Than 30 Studies at the International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia

New Research Highlights Need to Scale-Up and Increase Access to Family Planning, Integration of Health Services, Development of Next-Generation Technologies, and Use of Evidence in Family Planning Policies

NEW YORK (21 January 2016)—Population Council experts will present findings from more than 30 studies on sexual and reproductive health and rights at the fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Nusa Dua, Indonesia (January 25–28, 2016). The Population Council is a globally recognized nonprofit organization, conducting research to address critical health and development challenges.

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Council Commentary

Contraceptive Discontinuation: Understanding Unmet Need

More than 225 million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern method of contraception. 

Among these women with current unmet need, about 38 percent have used modern contraception in the past but discontinued it. More than one-half of those women stop within two years.

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