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10 Ideas That Changed the World

10 Ideas That Changed the World

How can we protect vulnerable communities from HIV? How does quality of care impact health outcomes?

Many of the ideas and perspectives that seem self-evident today in fact first emerged from an observation, question or insight that challenged accepted norms years ago.

Since our founding, asking bold questions and delivering rigorous evidence to improve health and well-being has been at the heart of the Population Council. Our research has addressed critical health and development issues, from slowing the spread of HIV and AIDS to putting women and girls at the center of global development.

This November, we are proud to turn 65 and to reflect on some of our exciting contributions. We’re celebrating 65 years of Ideas, Evidence, and Impact and the collective efforts that have made this world a better place. 

Join us as we unveil 10 ideas that changed the world in the lead-up to our 65th anniversary on November 7, 2017.

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Council Commentary

Gender-based Violence: A Neglected Barrier to Women’s Engagement in HIV Services

Today, there is widespread recognition that gender-based violence (GBV) is a human rights violation and pervasive global health challenge with many consequences for women and girls including physical injury, psychological trauma, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.  

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Celebrating Four Council 120 Under 40 Winners

This week the Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health announced 40 new winners of 120 Under 40’s New Generation of Family Planning Leaders project, including four outstanding Population Council colleagues representing Cambodia, Pakistan, and the United States. 

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Invigorated by the science, resolute in the work ahead: Reflections from IAS 2017

Each day, approximately 4600 people around the world are newly infected with HIV, and more than 2500 die of HIV related causes each year.1  Substantial progress has been made to combat the epidemic, but the need for rigorous research and scientific breakthrough to achieve an AIDS-free world has never been more pressing. 

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Family Planning Summit To Reaffirm Global Commitments

Five years after the historic London Summit in 2012, the Population Council joined policymakers, donors, and advocates from around the world as they renewed their commitments and reviewed progress toward the Family Planning 2020 goals to ensure more women and girls around the world can plan their families and their futures. At the end of the week, more than 60 countries, private companies, and partner organizations committed to accelerating progress for family planning.

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Counting Down Our Journals’ Most Downloaded Articles of 2016

The Population Council produces two high-impact peer-reviewed journals: Population and Development Review (PDR) and Studies in Family Planning (SFP). Over the next few weeks, we are highlighting the top 10 most downloaded articles of 2016 for each journal. The topics explored in these papers highlight the diversity of research published in both journals on critical global health and development issues. PDR authors investigated population-related questions and policies on immigration, gender, family, marriage, fertility, and mortality. In Studies, researchers examined trends in unintended pregnancies, abortion, and contraceptive use; the evolution of China’s one-child policy; the effects of Haiti’s earthquake on women’s reproductive options, and more.   

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