A recent feature at Reuters highlights Annovera, the one-year contraceptive vaginal ring developed by the Population Council, and the potential it has to give women more control over their contraceptive choices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.