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One Weak Link and the Whole Thing Falls Apart

In an op-ed for Think Global Health, Thoai Ngo, Program Director for the Council’s Poverty, Gender & Youth Program, and graduate intern Charlotte Brasseux, MPH candidate at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, call for a more structured, uniform, and comprehensive approach to collect, report, and analyze COVID-19 data in the U.S.

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A vulnerability index for the management of and response to the COVID-19 epidemic in India

India now ranks 3rd in the world with the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases.  New Population Council research published in The Lancet Global Health presents a vulnerability index for the management of and response to the COVID-19 epidemic in India, with analyses to the district level. The much-needed index is assisting government efforts to prioritize resource allocation and risk mitigation for those most vulnerable.

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Opportunities for SGBV Data Collection in the Time of COVID-19: The Value of Implementation Science

In a blog post for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), Council researchers Chi-Chi UndieSanyukta MathurNicole HaberlandIsabel Vieitez, and Julie Pulerwitz highlight the tension between the need to gather data to support women facing unprecedented vulnerability in the COVID-19 pandemic, and the reality that the very act of data collection may heighten risk. They also present opportunities for ethical sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) data collection during the pandemic.

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Men and COVID-19: Adding a gender lens

In a newly published commentary in Global Public Health titled “Men and COVID-19: Adding a gender lens”, Council researchers Julie Pulerwitz and Ann Gottert, along with colleagues from Jhpiego, the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, highlight the unique challenges of the pandemic on men and the potential of strategies in engaging them to address COVID-19-related threats to women’s health and wellbeing.

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Bangladeshi women play crucial role in fight against COVID-19

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases and deaths climb in Bangladesh, Sajeda Amin—a researcher and demographer known for her work on child marriage—shared her perspective in a commentary published in Netra News on the disproportionate burden of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on Bangladeshi women and girls. In the piece, she calls on the world to recognize that women and girls are especially vulnerable to this pandemic and the conditions of these unprecedented times, but also have the potential to help support effective response strategies.

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Ensure access to high-quality abortion care during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape our lives and health systems, Council Program Director Thoai Ngo and President of Ibis Reproductive Health Kelly Blanchard share their views on abortion care during these unprecedented times in an opinion piece for Thomson Reuters Foundation News. Citing two new evidence reviews on women’s ability to manage abortions with safe and effective medicines during early pregnancy, the authors support self-managed abortion during – and after – this pandemic as a method that puts less strain on health systems and allows women access who might be hampered by isolation and distancing mandated in response to COVID-19.

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The New York Times: A Celebration of Dr. Wayne Bardin, former director of the Center for Biomedical Research

The life and legacy of Dr. C. Wayne Bardin, former director of the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research (CBR) and chairman of the International Committee for Contraception Research at the Population Council, was honored at the New York Times. James Sailer, CBR’s current Executive Director, spoke about Dr. Bardin’s groundbreaking work.

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Population Council’s Ethiopia “Child Marriage Prevention” Expertise Takes Center Stage

The Population Council has been conducting high-quality research to determine what works and what doesn’t work to empower girls and prevent child marriage for years. That expertise and our research in Ethiopia took center stage in a BBC World Service feature, in a featured piece at Voice of America, and in a blog post featuring Malala Yousafzai and her girls’ education advocacy organization, the Malala Fund.

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