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Statement of Solidarity

All of us at the Population Council are outraged and saddened by the recent incidents of racial violence, police violence, and racism toward Black Americans. As a research organization committed to generating and using evidence to improve the lives of the most marginalized populations around the world, we condemn racism and oppression in all of its forms. We commit to being an active agent of positive change – to understand and challenge the injustices faced by oppressed communities in the United States and around the world, and to generating critical evidence to expose the social and economic inequalities of marginalized communities.   

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Informing the Global COVID-19 Response

At the Population Council, we believe that well-designed research is the foundation to solving health and development challenges.  We are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by taking the tools and strategies we have used to address other global health areas and are rapidly deploying them to address this crisis.

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Population Council COVID-19 Update

The Population Council has been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic over the last couple of weeks with action to ensure that our staff and in turn their families, and the communities where we work, stay safe and well. 

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Population Dynamics and Environmental Change Seminar Series

Population Dynamics and Environmental Change Seminar Series

The Population Council is co-hosting a seminar series exploring the links between people and their environments in our fast-changing global landscape. Convened in partnership with the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), and the UN Population Division, this seminar series will feature key experts from the fields of demography, climate and public health sharing insights on their interdisciplinary work to measure and solve climate related challenges.

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Accelerating Action Around the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

The 1994 International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, saw 179 governments adopt an ambitious program of action to achieve comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for all.  The Cairo Conference represented an important and pivotal shift in our approach to population and development. It transformed the world’s thinking from setting demographic targets toward employing people-centered approaches to sexual and reproductive health, grounded in human rights, equality, and dignity for all.

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The Population Council and its International Committee for Contraception Research (ICCR) pay tribute to C. Wayne Bardin

C. Wayne Bardin, one of the "giants" in the field of endocrinology who contributed to the world’s knowledge base of reproductive physiology, and developed unique methods of contraception and clinical care  of patients with reproductive challenges died October 10, 2019.  The Population Council and its International Committee for Contraception Research (ICCR) recognize his legacy of scientific contributions and service to the Endocrine Community.  

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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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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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Griffithsin: A promising non-ARV microbicide

* UPDATE, May 2020: Our researchers are currently working towards developing a griffithsin-containing inhaled formulation product to prevent and potentially treat SARS-CoV-2 infection and other emerging coronaviruses. Read more about the Council's work to address COVID-19, here.*

Much-anticipated results from the first in-human clinical trials of griffithsin, a naturally occurring anti-HIV protein, were presented at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIV R4P) conference in Madrid this October.  These results, and research to date, suggest that it may be possible to formulate an on-demand user-controlled technology to prevent HIV and other STIs with limited risk of cross resistance.

We asked Tom Zydowsky, director of biomedical research and pharmaceutical development in the HIV and AIDS program at the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research (CBR) a few questions about griffithsin and its potential as a non-antiretroviral microbicide.

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