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Population Council Awarded Cooperative Agreement by USAID to Develop Non-Antiretroviral Microbicides to Prevent HIV

NEW YORK (6 January 2014) — The Population Council today announced it was awarded a cooperative agreement from the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of HIV and AIDS: "Non-ARV Based Combination Microbicide that Blocks HIV and Other STIs." The agreement, made possible by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), supports the development of safe, effective, and acceptable non-antiretroviral (ARV) microbicides for the prevention of HIV and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), such as herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). The five-year, $20-million initiative will also identify regulatory pathways to advance the Council’s non-ARV microbicides into clinical testing.

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Long-Acting Reversible Contraception in the Context of Full Access, Full Choice

2013 Statement from the Bellagio Group on LARCs

NEW YORK (18 December 2013) — In November 2013 at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Population Council convened the third meeting of international experts to discuss ways to expand contraceptive choice and accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goal of universal access to reproductive health services by increasing access to highly effective, long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARCs).

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New Article from Population and Development Review on High Mortality in Central Southern States Most Likely Due to Smoking

"Geographic Divergence in Mortality in the United States," by Andrew Fenelon

NEW YORK (12 December 2013) — Between 1965 and 2004, the distribution of states with the highest mortality changed dramatically. In 1965, the states with the highest mortality (Rhode Island, Alaska, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire) were spread across geographic regions. By 2004, however, the states with the highest mortality were geographically contiguous, and located in the south. The Central South (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee) had the highest mortality rates in the United States. A new study by Andrew Fenelon of Brown University explores the possibility that smoking behaviors account for this situation.

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New Articles from Studies in Family Planning on Ethiopia’s Family Planning Success and the Efficacy of Interventions to Reduce Adolescent Childbearing

"Ethiopia: An Emerging Family Planning Success Story" by David J. Olson and Andrew Piller

NEW YORK (10 December 2013) — A family planning success story is underway in Ethiopia, marked by substantial increases in contraceptive use and declines in the total fertility rate. This study examines key elements of success—ranging from political will, generous donor support, and non-governmental and public-private partnerships, to the government's establishment of a cadre of health extension workers—and evaluates how these efforts have expanded access and willingness to use family planning methods.

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New USAID Cooperative Agreement with the Population Council Facilitates Contraceptive Development, Supports Introduction of New Methods in Low-Resource Settings

NEW YORK (9 December 2013) — The Population Council was awarded a cooperative agreement from the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of Population and Reproductive Health, "Delivering a Family of Contraceptive Vaginal Rings." Included in this agreement is support for two innovative, Population Council-developed contraceptive vaginal rings: a one-year contraceptive vaginal ring that can be used by women to plan their pregnancies and a three-month vaginal ring that can be used by breastfeeding women.

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Population Council to Present New Research on Key Populations at International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa

Findings Will Highlight Strategies to Reach Men Who Have Sex with Men, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities

NEW YORK (2 December 2013) — The Population Council will present new research focused on HIV and key populations next week at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa in Cape Town, South Africa (7–11 December 2013).

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Population Council Presents New Research at the International Conference on Family Planning

ADDIS ABABA (15 November 2013) — This week, the Population Council presented findings from more than 40 research studies at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Council experts showcased new research during panel sessions, oral presentations, roundtable discussions, a press conference, and poster presentations.

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Population Council to Present More Than 40 Studies at the International Conference on Family Planning

Research Will Highlight Development of New Contraceptive Technologies, Strategies for Expanding Access to Family Planning, and Efforts to Promote Gender Equity

NEW YORK (4 November 2013) — The Population Council, an international organization that conducts research to address critical health and development issues, will present findings from more than 40 studies at the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (November 12–15, 2013).

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Population Council Welcomes Julie Pulerwitz as Director of Social and Operations Research, HIV and AIDS

NEW YORK (4 November 2013) — The Population Council today announced that Julie Pulerwitz has joined the HIV and AIDS program as the director of social and operations research. Pulerwitz will provide strategic guidance and technical leadership to the HIV and AIDS program's global, multi-million dollar portfolio of research, which includes projects focused on key populations, gender-based violence, HIV and sexual and reproductive health service integration, and evaluating innovative implementation models.

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Population Council Awarded Flagship Family Planning Implementation Science Project by USAID

EVIDENCE Project Will Respond to Critical Challenges for Scaling Up Quality Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs

NEW YORK (4 November 2013) — The Population Council has been granted a cooperative agreement from the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH). The award supports the project "Strengthening Family Planning/Reproductive Health Programming through Implementation Science (EVIDENCE)," which will generate and synthesize evidence to strengthen and contribute to the scale-up of high-quality family planning and reproductive health services in USAID priority countries.

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