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Council Commentary

Excess Risk of Maternal Mortality in Adolescent Mothers: Less Than Previously Believed?

A recent analysis by Andrea Nove and colleagues in Lancet Global Health is consistent with an analysis by Population Council vice president Ann Blanc and colleagues, both of which found that the excess mortality risk faced by mothers aged 15–19 years might be “less than previously believed.” In a letter to the editor of Lancet Global Health, Blanc reminds the maternal health community that “the evidence for evidence-based policymaking should hold up under scrutiny and that facts are not facts by virtue of frequent repetition.”

Council Commentary

New Vision for Contraceptive Research and Development

While many family planning methods are available for short- and long-term pregnancy prevention, each woman's needs are different and no method offers a "one-size-fits-all" approach.

The Council is leading the development of new contraceptive options, from the first one-year contraceptive vaginal ring to male contraceptive methods. Read a Huffington Post by the Council's Régine Sitruk-Ware and Peter Donaldson.