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U.S. Government’s Expanded Mexico City Policy Threatens Women’s Health

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. 

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Dr. Ubaidur Rob honored by Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh

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.

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Reducing Stigma and Discrimination to Achieve Global HIV Targets

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.

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Eunice Muthengi Wins 2016 Paula Kantor Award

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. 

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World Breastfeeding Week: Leveraging the Use of Contraception to Optimize the Effects of Breastfeeding

As we commemorate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2016), let’s take a moment to recognize the importance of breastfeeding for mothers, babies and families around the world.  Breastfeeding contributes greatly to early childhood development with many short- and long term nutritional benefits for infants and children.  It also benefits the mothers, providing stronger protection against certain cancers and other health risks. It also helps to delay additional pregnancies acting as an effective contraceptive in the first six months.

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