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Population Council to Present More Than 30 Studies at the International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia

New Research Highlights Need to Scale-Up and Increase Access to Family Planning, Integration of Health Services, Development of Next-Generation Technologies, and Use of Evidence in Family Planning Policies

NEW YORK (21 January 2016)—Population Council experts will present findings from more than 30 studies on sexual and reproductive health and rights at the fourth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Nusa Dua, Indonesia (January 25–28, 2016). The Population Council is a globally recognized nonprofit organization, conducting research to address critical health and development challenges.

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Population Council’s MZC Outperforms Tenofovir 1% Gel in Preclinical Evaluation of Microbicide Candidates

MZC Microbicide Gel Demonstrates Strong Efficacy Against HIV and HSV-2 in Preclinical Study

NEW YORK—New data from a preclinical safety and efficacy study of the candidate microbicide gel MZC, which targets HIV, herpes simplex virus (HSV-2) and human papillomavirus (HPV), shows that the gel performs as well as, or in many cases, better than, tenofovir (TFV) 1% gel, a leading microbicide candidate.

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The Population Council and WomanCare Global Announce Worldwide License Agreement to Advance Women’s Access to Innovative Contraceptive Ring

WomanCare Global Acquires Global Commercial Rights for Nestorone®/Ethinyl Estradiol (NES/EE) Contraceptive Vaginal Ring

NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO—In a major step forward for women’s health, the Population Council and WomanCare Global (WCG) today announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for WCG to make the Council’s investigational NES/EE contraceptive ring available in the developed and developing worlds. This announcement marks an important contribution to achieving the goal of universal access to family planning for women and couples around the world.

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Population Council Hosts Second Annual Ideas with Impact Awards

Population Council Hosts Second Annual Ideas with Impact Awards

The Population Council hosted the second annual Ideas with Impact Awards ceremony in New York City on Tuesday night, 6 October 2015. The evening celebrated the achievements of some of the most influential leaders in global health and international development.

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Population Council Research Featured at First Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, 18–21 October in Mexico City

Council Studies Advance Global Efforts to Keep Women and Children Healthy and Safe

Population Council researchers will present the latest data on access to life-saving innovations and drugs that reduce preventable maternal and newborn deaths, barriers to facility-based childbirth, and the validity of self-reporting maternal and newborn health care indicators at the premiere Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, 18–21 October in Mexico City.

Convened by the Mexican Secretariat of Health and partners including USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNFPA, UNICEF, and others, the conference advances technical knowledge and showcases innovative solutions to improving maternal and newborn health within the post-2015 development framework. Attendees, including technical implementers, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners, come from more than 50 countries. 

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New Research from the Population Council Shows Child Marriage Can Be Delayed

New Research from the Population Council Shows Child Marriage Can Be Delayed

Researchers Share Findings and Recommendations for Ending Child Marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa

WASHINGTON, DC (12 August 2015) — Today the Population Council released new evidence on what works to delay the age of marriage for extremely vulnerable girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers also shared rarely available data on the cost of interventions that were tested, and issued recommendations for policymakers, donors, and organizations concerned about child marriage.

Each year, more than 14 million girls around the world get married before the age of 18. In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 1 in 10 girls are married before the age of 15. Four in ten are married before the age of 18. In some “hotspots,” such as the areas in which the Population Council’s study was conducted, prevalence of child marriage is even higher.

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Results from New Study of Council’s Investigational One Year Ring Published in PLOS ONE

NEW YORK (12 August 2015)—A study published today in PLOS ONE assessed effects of the Population Council’s investigational one-year reusable contraceptive vaginal ring (CVR) on the incidence of vaginal infections and vaginal microflora. The study demonstrated that use of the CVR for up to 13 cycles presented no increased risk of infection, nor did it disrupt the balance of microbes in the vagina.

The one-year reusable CVR contains Nestorone® and ethinyl estradiol. Nestorone (NES) is an investigational progestin that has been shown in clinical studies to prevent ovulation and pregnancy. Ethinyl estradiol (EE) is an approved, marketed, synthetic version of the female hormone estrogen.

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Population Council Research on Key Populations, Innovative Treatment and Prevention Models to Be Featured at IAS 2015

IAS 2015, the 8th Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, is the largest global scientific conference on HIV/AIDS

Population Council experts will present research on HIV treatment adherence among young people and risk among adolescent girls and people with disabilities; the impact of health systems strengthening and task-shifting on HIV prevalence and care; and efforts to increase access to quality HIV services for men who have sex with men at the International AIDS Society Conference, to be held 19–22 July in Vancouver, Canada. With 6,000 HIV professionals in attendance, it is the largest global scientific conference on HIV/AIDS.

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Who Takes Care of Whom? Surprising New Evidence

New Study from Population and Development Review Finds Rising Need, Reassurances

NEW YORK (29 June 2015) — There has been much recent discussion in the press of the plight of the so-called “sandwich generation,” that is, adults who are responsible for the care of children as well as aging parents. The need for simultaneous childcare and eldercare is a reality that can limit families’—particularly women’s—opportunities for paying work.

A new study by social scientists Emilio Zagheni and Denys Dukhovnov for the first time drills down into US statistics about who is providing this care, and who is receiving it. The study found that in 2012, adults in the United States provided more than a billion hours of unpaid caregiving every week—equal to the work of 30.5 million full-time caregivers. The researchers project a rise in the need for such care, reveal some surprises about who is providing care, and provide some reassurances about the future. The study appears in the June 2015 issue of Population and Development Review, a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal published by the Population Council.

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