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Tackling the U.S. Coronavirus Data Catastrophe

In a new opinion piece for Think Global Health, the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender and Youth Program Director, Thoai Ngo, with colleagues Charlotte Brasseux, Saleh Abbas and Mingqi Song, underscore that U.S. COVID-19 data remain fragmented and incomplete at national, state and city levels, leaving “the U.S. government, health officials and the public largely in the dark about how the coronavirus is infecting and killing people in their communities.”

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Remember the fundamentals as we build back better in girls’ education

In a Brookings Education Plus Development blog, Council Senior Associate Karen Austrian and GIRL Center Director Stephanie Psaki remind us that while the world has changed dramatically over the last 10 months due to COVID-19, it is critical that we not neglect the fundamentals and what we already know works to address gender-related barriers to education.

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Expanding Access and Instilling Faith in Vaccines

In a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times, James Sailer, Executive Director of the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research, makes the case for maintaining the intellectual property system, which rewards research and development innovation. The letter is in response to an opinion piece arguing for the suspension of intellectual property rights to improve provision of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Celebrating the Life of Elizabeth J. McCormack

The Population Council celebrates the life of Elizabeth J. McCormack, one of the nation’s most influential philanthropic counselors, and long-term Trustee of the Population Council Board, who died December 4, 2020 at the age of 98.

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Data collection and COVID-19: What’s gender got to do with it?

In the Gender & COVID-19 blog, Senior Associate Chi-Chi Undie, Senior Associate Nicole Haberland, Associate II Sanyukta Mathur, Mexico Country Director Isabel Vieitez and Program Director (HIV/AIDS) Julie Pulerwitz examine how the COVID-19 pandemic unearths several important gender dimensions and implications before, during, and after data collection.

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Urban women at ‘higher risk of chronic disease’

An article from SciDev.Net’s Sub-Saharan Africa English desk highlights findings from a study published in PLOS One by Council researcher Jessie Pinchoff and colleagues Deborah Balk and Carrie Mills of CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. The study used nationally representative datasets and analyses of satellite imagery to examine the relationship between women's chronic disease risk factors and increasing urbanization in Tanzania, finding that more urban environments had populations with higher body mass index and c-reactive protein, potential indicators of chronic disease and worse health outcomes.

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Measurement that Matters: Understanding Quality of Care from Clients’ Perspectives

In a recent Knowledge Success post, Council researchers and research utilization specialists highlight a set of validated tools, developed by the Evidence Project, to support governments and partners to measure quality of voluntary family planning services from clients’ perspectives.

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