About the Population Council

The Population Council conducts research to address critical health and development issues. Our work allows couples to plan their families and chart their futures. We help people avoid HIV infection and access life-saving HIV services. And we empower girls to protect themselves and have a say in their own lives.

We conduct research and programs in more than 50 countries. Our New York headquarters supports a global network of offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

From its beginning, the Council has given voice and visibility to the world’s most vulnerable people. We increase awareness of the problems they face and offer evidence-based solutions.

In the developing world, governments and civil society organizations seek our help to understand and overcome obstacles to health and development. And we work in developed countries, where we use state-of-the-art biomedical science to develop new contraceptives and products to prevent the transmission of HIV.

We are the
Population Council.

170 million women

are currently using highly effective, reversible contraceptives developed by the Population Council or based on our technology—including IUDs, implants, and rings.

We've also helped vulnerable populations around the world

by defining the centrality of adolescent girls
to achieving health and development goals,
and greatly increasing investment in
programs that empower them.

And also determining the need for
an HIV prevention method that
women can control—
and developing promising
prevention products.

We transformed global
family planning efforts
with an innovative
quality-of-care framework.

And we were the first
international NGO to focus on
the HIV-related vulnerabilities
of men who have sex with men
in Africa.

We discovered the link
between smoking, the Pill,
and increased cardiovascular risk,

which made the case for changing FDA recommendations.

We wrote the books
on operations research
for family planning
and reproductive health care,

improving services both nationally and regionally.

For decades
we have published two
high-impact, peer-reviewed journals

that shape programs, policies, and research methodologies.

And on top of all that, we have

helped thousands of social and biomedical scientists,
public health researchers, and program managers
advance their careers,
and created and strengthened
local institutions
in developing countries
with major investments in research.