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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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Global Investment, Health Experts Join Population Council Board of Trustees

The Population Council announces the appointment of two board members, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and founding director of the Center for Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University, Karachi; and Darcy Bradbury, managing director of the D. E. Shaw Group. Bhutta and Bradbury will assume their roles on July 1, 2015.

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Cheikh Mbacké Named 2015 Laureate of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population

The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) has named Population Council trustee Cheikh Mbacké 2015 Laureate, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advancement of population sciences and distinguished service rendered to the IUSSP.

The Laureate Ceremony will take place at the upcoming annual meeting of the Population Association of America, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on Wednesday, 29 April 2015, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Sapphire 411.

Mbacké is honored in particular for his contributions to research in the area of population and health policies and his support of the emergence of a community of African population researchers. While at the Rockefeller Foundation in Nairobi, Mbacké encouraged the development of the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), which was established by the Population Council in 1995 with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. One of the most dynamic population research institutes in Africa and the winner of the 2015 United Nations Population Award, the APHRC continues to offer training to new generations of population researchers.

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Global Leaders Gather in Lusaka to Discuss Progress and Challenges in Reproductive Health, HIV, and Gender-based Violence

Global Leaders Gather in Lusaka to Discuss Progress and Challenges in Reproductive Health, HIV, and Gender-based Violence

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA (9 April 2015) — National and global health leaders gathered in Lusaka for Ideas with Impact: Working in Partnership to Save Lives in Zambia, a Population Council symposium on the latest efforts to improve lives and protect health for women, men, and adolescents.

The symposium brought together more than 100 government officials, researchers, policymakers, development partners, community members, and civil society from all provinces in Zambia for a full day of information-sharing and debate on the latest scientific progress in addressing the country’s complex socioeconomic challenges, including high rates of HIV, limited access to maternal and reproductive health resources, and gender-based violence.

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Population and Development Review: “Childbearing within Marriage and Consensual Union in Latin America, 1980–2010”

Population and Development Review: “Childbearing within Marriage and Consensual Union in Latin America, 1980–2010”
Photo credit: © 2012 Paola Roblesgil Photography

New Study from Population and Development Review Finds that Out-of-Wedlock Childbearing Has Become Increasingly Common among Highly Educated Women in 13 Latin American Countries

NEW YORK (18 March 2015) — “Consensual unions”—two people living in the same dwelling in a relationship akin to marriage—have been an integral part of family life in Latin America for centuries. In fact, in Latin America, legal marriages and consensual unions are seen as similarly acceptable family arrangements for bearing and raising children. However, consensual unions have historically been more common among disadvantaged populations and in rural areas than among more advantaged populations and in urban areas—indicating that such unions are rooted in limited economic and social opportunities. But a study in the March 2015 issue of Population and Development Review finds that childbearing within a consensual union among highly educated women has transitioned from rare to increasingly common in 13 Latin American countries. Population and Development Review is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal published by the Population Council.

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Studies in Family Planning: “Aligning Goals, Intents, and Performance Indicators in Family Planning Service Delivery”

NEW YORK (10 March 2015) — In the March 2015 issue of Studies in Family Planning, a commentary by Population Council social scientists Saumya RamaRao and Anrudh K. Jain contends that many promising family planning initiatives will meet their service delivery goals only if measures of performance are in line with the underlying intent of the initiatives.

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