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Council Commentary

Time to take critical race theory seriously: moving beyond a colour-blind gender lens in global health

In The Lancet Global Health, Eileen Yam, Deputy Director of Project SOAR and Associate II at the Population Council, along with colleagues from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; the Antiracist Research and Policy Center and School of International Service at American University; the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University; and the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice and Health in the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles; authored a commentary calling upon their peers within the global health sector to meaningfully engage with critical race theory and move beyond a one-dimensional, “colour-blind gender lens.”

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Population Council Applauds Repeal of Mexico City Policy

The Population Council applauds the recent executive action of the United States (U.S.) Government to rescind the Mexico City Policy, to resume funding to the United Nations Population Foundation (UNFPA), and to restore the U.S.’s relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). These are essential steps toward advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally.  

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Enhancing utilization of HIV implementation science findings through the engagement of key decision-makers

Meaningful engagement of key stakeholders throughout the research process is critical to promoting research use in response to the global HIV pandemic. But what does this look like in practice, and what is the added value for those involved? Building on the systematic research utilization process developed by Project SOAR (Supporting Operational AIDS Research), the Population Council hosted an AIDS 2020 Virtual workshop featuring three case studies of collaboration between implementation science (IS) researchers, communities, program managers, and policymakers leading to evidence use across diverse contexts.

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The Impact of COVID-19 and Progress in Global Education: Commentary

Between February and July 2020, more than 90 percent of school-going children around the world were affected by school closures. Across settings, the crisis is intersecting with entrenched inequities, and COVID-19 related closures and economic instability pose a threat to areas where there has been important, but uneven progress, such as improvements in primary school enrollment and attainment for girls and the narrowing of gender disparities.   

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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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