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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

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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Population Council Welcomes Nyovani Madise as New Trustee

The Population Council is pleased to welcome Dr. Nyovani Madise to the Board of Trustees. Known for her research on the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health and rights in low- and middle-income countries, Madise is currently Director of Research and Development Policy for the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) based in Malawi. AFIDEP aims to make evidence matter in policy and decision making in Africa, translating research into forms that are accessible to policy makers, government officers and members of parliament.

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New Population Council Research Highlights Strategies to Accelerate Family Planning Access and Quality at ICFP 2018

This week, more than 40 Population Council staff from 12 countries are presenting research finding that advances access to quality family planning services and products at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Kigali, Rwanda. Co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Rwanda, ICFP 2018 is bringing together thousands from the family planning community to share best practices, celebrate successes, and chart a course forward. 

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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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