Last week international health and development partners gathered in Abuja to celebrate the Population Council’s 10th anniversary in Nigeria and recognize the organization’s contributions to improving the health and well-being of Nigerians.
The Population Council mourns the passing of Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., MD, MPH, a long-time friend of the Council and President Emeritus and Distinguished Scientist of FHI360.
In partnership with Bayer, the Population-Council-led Evidence Project has launched a package of health information materials designed specifically for the workplace. Many workplaces depend on local public health departments or NGO partners for materials, and often when supplies run out, it is very difficult to obtain more. In order to address these issues, the Evidence Project and Bayer, designed the new materials to be easily accessible and easy to print at the workplace. These materials will also be adapted for mobile use making them accessible to those who use their smart phones to get information.
Today there are close to 515 million in the developing world. Fifteen years ago, the Population Council’s landmark publication, The Uncharted Passage, demonstrated the key role these girls play in the health and development of their families, communities, and the world. The book also documented a gap in knowledge about girls’ lives and a lack of thoughtful evidence-based programs. The Council’s contributions galvanized efforts to gather evidence on ways to empower girls and enhance their lives.
Among women reporting a current unmet need for modern contraception, 1 in 3 had used a modern method in the past but discontinued use within 1 year.
The Population Council pays respects to the family of renowned anthropologist Moni Nag, who passed away in Kolkata on Monday.
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.
The poorest girls in the poorest communities around the world exist in a near constant state of emergency because of vulnerabilities brought on by their age, sex, and economic status. Humanitarian emergencies—such as those caused by extreme events related to climate change—intensify pressures on girls to act as caregivers and greatly increase their vulnerabilities.
World AIDS Day on 1 December is the right time to think about the health and lives of adolescent girls. Because, across Africa, HIV strikes particularly hard against adolescent girls and young women.