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Council Commentary

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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Council Commentary

Advancing respectful maternity care in Kenya: a comprehensive approach

Kenya was among the countries honored last week during the World Health Organization's annual World Health Assembly for its contributions to enhancing respectful maternity care. The celebration, hosted by the East, Central and Southern African Health Community, followed years of research, partnership, and advocacy spearheaded by the Population Council.

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Council Commentary

Family Planning: Not Just for Women

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.

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Council Commentary

She Decides—A Message of Support

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.

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