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Phase 3 Results Show Population Council’s One-Year Contraceptive Vaginal System Highly Effective

Phase 3 Results Show Population Council’s One-Year Contraceptive Vaginal System Highly Effective
Photo credit: Population Council / Hallie Easley

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (June 20, 2019) – The Lancet Global Health today published results from the Phase 3 clinical efficacy trials of the Population Council-developed Annovera™ (segesterone acetate and ethinyl estradiol vaginal contraceptive system).  Annovera is the first and only contraceptive that provides an entire year of protection against unintended pregnancy while fully under a woman’s control.  Results show that Annovera was 97% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 13 menstrual cycles, which means that women do not need to return to the clinic or pharmacy for prescription refills.

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Media Coverage

The New York Times: Women and Clinical Trials

In response to a New York Times report on the dearth of women enrolled in H.I.V. clinical trials, Ruth Merkatz, director of clinical development at the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research and former director of the Office of Women’s Health at the FDA, wrote a letter to the editor about the essential need for gender equality in clinical trials.

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Council Commentary

Examining the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) Study

Examining the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) Study
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The Population Council welcomes publication of the Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes (ECHO) study. We congratulate the trial organizers and appreciate the more than 7,800 women in four countries in East and Southern Africa whose participation in the trial advances our understanding of women’s needs and choices in contraception and HIV prevention.

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New, multi-country study finds women who give birth before 18 are economically impacted for life

Vancouver, Thursday, June 6, 2019 – A new study, conducted by the Population Council and with Women Deliver, found a strong and consistent lifelong negative association between giving birth before age 18 and a woman’s economic empowerment. The research, previewed today at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, points to the critical need to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights and expand economic opportunities for girls and women throughout their lives.

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Media Coverage

Devex: Three Ways to Power Progress for Girls

This week, the world comes together at the world’s largest conference on gender equality and health, Women Deliver 2019, to power progress for girls and women. It couldn’t come at a more critical time. As women’s rights are being eroded in the U.S. and around the world, it is the rising generation of girls who will feel the greatest burden.  

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Dawn: Saving Pakistani Mothers

In an op-ed at Dawn, Population Council’s Pakistan Country Director Zeba Sathar illuminates the need to care more for women not just as mothers, but for the value they bring in every capacity including the home, family, and society.

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Council Commentary

Progesterone Vaginal Ring: lessons from Nigeria for the launch and scale up of vaginal rings and market success of innovative contraceptive technologies

Last week, the Population Council and colleagues who play critical roles in providing contraceptives and other reproductive health supplies convened in Kathmandu, Nepal at the 19th Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Membership Meeting. Members discussed and shared the latest updated on efforts to ensure that all people in low- and middle-income countries can access and use affordable, high-quality supplies to ensure their better reproductive health.

Read on for a summary of recommendations around the introduction of a vaginal contraceptive ring for breast-feeding women in Nigeria that the Population Council and partners shared during sessions throughout the meeting.

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