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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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Population Council Announces Positive Results from a Phase 3 Trial of One-Year Contraceptive Vaginal Ring

Research Presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting Will Support New Drug Application Filing to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

BOSTON (15 October 2013) — Today, the Population Council presented findings from a Phase 3 clinical trial that was designed to demonstrate the safety, efficacy, and acceptability of the Council’s investigational one-year contraceptive vaginal ring (CVR). The results were presented during an oral session at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

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Population Council Launches New Research Initiative to Improve Programs for Adolescent Girls

Effort Will Use Implementation Science, Organizational Grants to Build Knowledge and Capacity

NEW YORK (9 October 2013) — The Population Council announced today the launch of RISING, a Research Initiative for Success IN Girl programs. RISING will apply decades of Council research and expertise with adolescent girls to test solutions that address current questions in girl-centered programs. It will also provide funding and technical assistance to partner organizations seeking to improve the success of their girl-centered programs.

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New Article from Population and Development Review on 2010 Census Data and New Demographic Reality in China

"China's New Demographic Reality: Learning From the 2010 Census," by Yong Cai

NEW YORK (16 September 2013) — China conducted its sixth modern census in 2010, recording a total of 1.34 billion people. The data confirm that China has entered a new demographic era characterized by prolonged low fertility, persistently elevated sex ratios, rapid aging, massive urbanization, and widespread geographic redistribution. Yong Cai, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, explores preliminary census data and finds that they are of reasonable quality but contain some apparent inconsistencies where adjustments may be required. For instance, extremely low estimates of infant mortality suggest problems in recording deaths.

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New Article from Studies in Family Planning on Decline of Intimate Partner Violence in Bangladesh

"Perceived Decline in Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Bangladesh: Qualitative Evidence," by Sidney Ruth Schuler, Rachel Lenzi, Sohela Naznee, and Lisa M. Bates

NEW YORK (5 September 2013) — Some of the highest rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) in the world have been reported in Bangladesh. In recent years, the Bangladesh government, NGOs, donors, and advocates have introduced interventions to promote gender equality, increase women's empowerment, and reduce IPV. These efforts have expanded girls' access to primary and secondary education, increased Bangladeshi wives' contribution to their families' income, and reduced gender disparities, but studies have yet to assess the impact of these changes on the incidence of IPV.

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Population Council Launches New Report on Postabortion Care in Pakistan

Latest Research Evaluates Status of Postabortion Care in Pakistan; Highlights Need for Expanded Access to High-Quality Family Planning Services

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (23 August 2013) — Today, the Population Council released a report, "Post-abortion care in Pakistan: A national study" that outlines ongoing gaps in the quality of postabortion care following unsafe abortion procedures, societal stigmas, inequities in the healthcare system, the burden of postabortion complications, and the significant role of the private and public sectors in ensuring access to care. As an update to a study completed in 2002, this report provides recommendations for promoting safer postabortion care, expanding access to high-quality and affordable family planning services and contraception, and building capacity among healthcare providers to help achieve these goals.

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International Union for the Scientific Study of Population Names John Bongaarts 2013 Laureate

NEW YORK (21 August 2013) — The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) has named John Bongaarts 2013 Laureate, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advancement of population sciences and distinguished service rendered to the IUSSP. Bongaarts is Vice President and Distinguished Scholar at the Population Council. The Laureate Ceremony will take place at the XXVII IUSSP Conference in Busan, South Korea, on Thursday, 29 August 2013, following the General Assembly, which begins at 19:00 in the Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor of the BEXCO Convention Hall.

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Population Council Statement on the Results of CDC’s Bangkok Tenofovir Study

More Proof that Daily HIV Medications Prevent HIV Among Groups at High Risk

NEW YORK (13 June 2013) — Below is a statement by Population Council vice president Naomi Rutenberg on the results of the trial:

"The Population Council applauds the successful results of the Bangkok Tenofovir Study, published online yesterday in the Lancet. We congratulate the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, and the Thailand Ministry of Public Health, as well as the participants for this well-run trial. These findings mark an important milestone in HIV prevention efforts, and we welcome a new prevention option for this hard-to-reach population.

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