The United Nations estimates that by 2100, Africa will be home to approximately 4.4 billion people. The Economist explored the implications of this population growth on development, poverty reduction and healthcare on the continent.
The poorest girls in the poorest communities around the world exist in a near constant state of emergency because of vulnerabilities brought on by their age, sex, and economic status. Humanitarian emergencies—such as those caused by extreme events related to climate change—intensify pressures on girls to act as caregivers and greatly increase their vulnerabilities.
World AIDS Day on 1 December is the right time to think about the health and lives of adolescent girls. Because, across Africa, HIV strikes particularly hard against adolescent girls and young women.
The Population Council is conducting the world’s largest body of research on ways to improve the lives of adolescent girls in the developing world. For more than 25 years, the Council has developed and evaluated innovative programs and systems to increase access to quality reproductive health and HIV services and reduce the vulnerabilities that can increase girls’ lifetime risk for HIV and AIDS. Council research shows that if we can reach girls early, keep them safe and in school, and give them critical skills and information and a say in their own lives, they will be on the path to a safer, healthier adulthood.
A new global commitment to address the various factors that increase girls’ risk for HIV infection and help keep them safe from HIV was announced in 2014. We asked Janet Fleischman of CSIS to comment on what she thinks of this heightened response and what’s needed to keep adolescent girls HIV free.
MZC Microbicide Gel Demonstrates Strong Efficacy Against HIV and HSV-2 in Preclinical Study
NEW YORK—New data from a preclinical safety and efficacy study of the candidate microbicide gel MZC, which targets HIV, herpes simplex virus (HSV-2) and human papillomavirus (HPV), shows that the gel performs as well as, or in many cases, better than, tenofovir (TFV) 1% gel, a leading microbicide candidate.
A new 19-minute documentary film and photography series explores how the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP) finds the best ways to help girls in Zambia become the women they aspire to be.
With the largest generation of young people that the world has ever seen, and because of the grave cost that gender inequality extracts from their potential, the test of whether or not the next 15 years deliver sustainable development lies with the adolescent girl. She is the face of the future. Realizing her rights to dignity through access to health, keeping her safe and in school, and giving her critical information and a say in her own life will transform her future. Transforming her future means all of our futures are transformed.
Many adolescent girls in marginalized areas of Kenya face myriad challenges to their health, education, economic stability, and well-being.
The Population Council hosted the second annual Ideas with Impact Awards ceremony in New York City on Tuesday night, 6 October 2015. The evening celebrated the achievements of some of the most influential leaders in global health and international development.
Council Studies Advance Global Efforts to Keep Women and Children Healthy and Safe
Population Council researchers will present the latest data on access to life-saving innovations and drugs that reduce preventable maternal and newborn deaths, barriers to facility-based childbirth, and the validity of self-reporting maternal and newborn health care indicators at the premiere Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, 18–21 October in Mexico City.
Convened by the Mexican Secretariat of Health and partners including USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNFPA, UNICEF, and others, the conference advances technical knowledge and showcases innovative solutions to improving maternal and newborn health within the post-2015 development framework. Attendees, including technical implementers, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners, come from more than 50 countries.