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Population Council Awarded Breakthrough-RESEARCH Project by USAID

New York, NY (August 17, 2017) — The Population Council has been awarded Breakthrough-RESEARCH, a five-year cooperative agreement from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The project aims to improve healthy behaviors and norms across key global health areas, including family planning and reproductive health; HIV/AIDS; maternal, newborn and child health; emerging infectious diseases; and malaria. Led by the Population Council, consortium partners include the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, Population Reference Bureau, Tulane University, Avenir Health and ideas42.

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Council Commentary

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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Media Coverage

Project Syndicate: Unlocking Girls’ Potential

In a widely syndicated op-ed, Population Council’s Thoai Ngo argues that empowering girls with knowledge and skills to participate in the 21st century economy is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do for global development.  

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Council Commentary

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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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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Press Releases

New GIRL Center to Shape Research and Investments on What Works to Improve Girls’ Lives

NEW YORK, NY, June 28—The Population Council today announced the launch of the Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center, a new global research and thought leadership hub that will generate, synthesize, and translate evidence on adolescent girls. Led by Thoai Ngo, Ph.D., director of the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program, the Center seeks to direct strategic investment into solutions proven to transform the lives of adolescent girls. 

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