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New Leadership at the Population Council’s Mexico Office

The Population Council Is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of Dr. Claudia Díaz Olavarrieta to Head Our Mexico Office

MEXICO CITY and NEW YORK (5 February 2013) — As country director, Claudia Díaz Olavarrieta will oversee maternal health and safe abortion research in Mexico and provide leadership to a staff of ten. Claudia has worked with the Council since 1998 on reproductive health-related research in Mexico. She has a master’s in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in health sciences and public health from Mexico’s National Autonomous University. Before joining the Council, Claudia was a senior researcher at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico.

Since the late 1970s, the Population Council's Mexico office has been delivering evidence to inform policies and programs that improve lives. Council research has been used by government officials and women's rights advocacy groups to shape policies, including Mexico City's landmark legislation to decriminalize first-trimester abortion in 2007.

Other important work from the Council's Mexico office includes:

  • Safeguarding women's health
    The Council continues to build evidence to support women's rights to safe and legal abortion services in Mexico through participation in the National Pro-Choice Alliance and studies of abortion stigma, post-abortion contraceptive uptake and continuation among women in Mexico City, and Mexican men's views on abortion and their influence on the reproductive health choices of women.
  • Child marriage in Latin America
    The Population Council is documenting social norms around child marriage, the needs of married girls and those living in union, the health consequences of early pregnancy, and resources available to address this issue in southern Mexico and four other Latin American countries
  • Intimate partner violence in pregnancy
    Council researchers are measuring the prevalence of and exploring the sources, characteristics, and consequences of intimate partner violence involving pregnant women in Ciudad Juarez to support the development of effective strategies to link these women, and in many cases, their children, to much-needed social services.

About the Population Council
The Population Council confronts critical health and development issues—from stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research in 50 countries, we work with our partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world. Established in 1952 and headquartered in New York, the Council is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization governed by an international board of trustees.

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