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Population Council Awarded NIH Center Grant to Develop First Non-Hormonal Vaginal Ring for Pregnancy and STI Prevention

The Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research has been awarded an $11 million P50 Clinical Research Center Grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD) of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Queen’s University Belfast and Weill Cornell Medical College will partner with the Council on this grant over the next five years.

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Council Commentary

Population Council Scholarly Journals: Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Population Council publishes two leading scholarly journals: Population and Development Review and Studies in Family Planning. For more than fifty years, peer-reviewed social science, public health, and demographic research in these publications has played a pivotal role in shaping the field and building the evidence base for improving policy and practice around the world.

We are proud of our journals’ impact and global community of authors, reviewers, and readers, while acknowledging that we need to do more to accelerate change internally and in our field. 

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Medicines360 and the Population Council Pursue Agreement to Develop Product to Prevent HIV and Unintended Pregnancy for Worldwide Distribution

SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK, NY (December 1, 2021) – Medicines360, a mission-driven nonprofit women’s health pharmaceutical organization, and the Population Council, a global nonprofit research organization, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a dual prevention pill (DPP) product to prevent both pregnancy and HIV in a single tablet – for global distribution. The organizations intend to expedite the development, regulatory, and manufacturing pathways of one of the newest multi-purpose prevention technologies (MPTs) specifically for women. The organizations are seeking philanthropic support for product development, and clinical and regulatory work to bring the product to market.

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Council Commentary

Population Council Welcomes Carmencita Whonder as New Trustee

Population Council Welcomes Carmencita Whonder as New Trustee

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (November 29, 2021)—The Population Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Carmencita Whonder to its Board of Trustees.  

Carmencita brings a wealth of expertise, particularly in finance and public policy, as well as experience working globally across multiple disciplines. She is currently policy director at Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck, the leading lobbying and law firm in the U.S. An expert in financial services and housing finance policy, she also regularly represents clients from these industries before the U.S. Congress, White House, and international financial institutions. She advises Fortune 500 companies, startup CEOs, executive teams, and boards of directors on public policy, regulatory affairs, product development, strategic communications, crisis and risk management, corporate philanthropy, and diversity and inclusion. 

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Council Commentary

The Population Council Joins BankFWD to Accelerate the Banking Sector’s Alignment with Global Climate Goals by Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Finance

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) ended over the weekend with agreements that fall short of its goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C – needed if we are to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. While the Glasgow Climate Pact produced numerous positive climate policies and commitments, their collective impact (if current pledges are fulfilled) is only estimated to limit global warming to 2.4°C – an increase that would be catastrophic to people and the planet. To keep the possibility of limiting global warming to no more than 1.5°C, the world must now implement and surpass its latest COP26 commitments with increased national, sub-national, and institutional climate action.

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Council Commentary

New Website for Policy-Relevant Population Modeling Essential for Equitable Climate Action

Predicting changes in populations—their size, distribution, movement, and demographics—is becoming a core element of climate research. It is especially vital for understanding issues of equity and justice in relation to our growing climate crisis. That’s why we’re proud to announce the launch of a brand-new website, the Community Demographic Model (CDM). CDM is a product of the Population Council’s initiative on Population, Environmental Risks, and the Climate Crisis (PERCC). The new website is freely available to everyone with an internet connection, giving the global climate science community access to one of the most detailed, complex, dynamic, and policy-relevant population modeling tools in the world.

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Council Commentary

New Review of Research on Interventions to End FGM from Population Council Kenya, UNICEF, UNFPA, and WHO

Population Council, Kenya, in partnership with UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and World Health Organization (WHO) has published the first-ever global review of evidence on the "Effectiveness of Interventions Designed to Prevent or Respond to Female Genital Mutilation." Despite intensified efforts to build a global evidence base to inform strategies addressing female genital mutilation (FGM), there has been limited rigorous, high-quality evidence on what set of interventions are most effective in ending the harmful practice. This report conveys key findings on the quality and strength of existing evidence on FGM interventions from 2008 to 2020.  

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