Last week FP2020, the global partnership dedicated to empowering women to access high-quality, voluntary family planning, announced new members to its Reference Group, which provides strategic direction to the partnership.
The Population Council mourns the passing of David Rockefeller, a visionary philanthropist and long-time supporter of the Population Council.
Family planning programs have traditionally assumed that women are responsible for contraceptive use, so that men's job is to support them or at least get out of the way.
But a new recently published analysis "Are Men Well Served by Family Planning Programs" (Reproductive Health) by the Evidence Project found that adolescent boys and men also have a desire for sexual and reproductive health information and services. When information and services are made available they respond with greater contraceptive use. But they aren't very well served by existing programs.
In times of political turbulence, it is often hard to turn away from the breaking news to focus on bedrock understandings and long-range goals.
No matter what political announcements and policy shifts arise, we are still accountable to 225 million women and girls who want to delay, space or prevent a pregnancy and deserve access to voluntary family planning information, services and supplies.
The Population Council, The Girl Generation, and the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme collaborated on the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to highlight progress and the remaining gaps in the effort to end the practice by 2030. In a joint commentary, the authors, including the Council’s Jacinta Muteshi, argue for an increased emphasis on strong partnerships and access to greater human and financial resources.
The Population Council has always supported the fundamental right of women and girls worldwide to exercise their full, free and informed choice about if, when, and how many children to have. The U.S. Government’s reinstated Mexico City Policy, often referred to as the “Global Gag Rule,” represents a step back in the global progress to protect women’s rights and reduce maternal deaths and unintended pregnancies.
Dr. Ubaidur Rob, Senior Associate and Country Director, Bangladesh received a prestigious award from the Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB) during their 25th International Scientific Conference and Annual General Meeting on December 17, 2016. The award is in recognition of Dr. Rob’s leadership in maternal health research particularly as it relates to a reduction in maternal mortality rates due to eclampsia.
World AIDS Day offers the global HIV community a timely opportunity to reflect upon our accomplishments, take stock of the challenges we face, and renew our commitment to ending the AIDS pandemic. This is especially important today given our challenge in meeting the ambitious UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets by 2020. These targets challenge the global community to ensure that by 2020, 90 percent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 90 percent of all people receiving ART will be virally suppressed.
The International Center for Reach on Women (ICRW) recently awarded Population Council’s Eunice Muthengi with the 2016 Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research.