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New Council Research Shows Inconsistent and Incomplete Reporting of Key Sociodemographic Data on COVID-19 in the U.S.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (July 15, 2020) -- New Population Council research shows that the COVID-19 data being collected and reported across the United States (U.S.) is inconsistent and incomplete exposing the country’s inability to analyze and use data to guide its response. These shortcomings further restrict health officials’ ability to understand the key demographic factors that place certain populations and communities at increased risk of contracting and experiencing adverse health outcomes from COVID-19. 

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New GIRL Center Research Challenges Key Assumptions on the Links Between Education and Girls’ Health and Wellbeing

The Population Council’s Girl Innovation Research and Learning Center (GIRL Center) published two new studies on global girls’ education, which challenge the long-held assumption that simply enrolling girls in school is sufficient to improve their health and wellbeing over the course of their lives.

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Population Council Welcomes David Serwadda as New Trustee

The Population Council is pleased to welcome Professor David Serwadda to the Board of Trustees. With over 30 years of clinical and community research experience in HIV and related fields, including randomized trials of HIV prevention, HIV epidemiology and implementation and social/behavioral sciences, Serwadda is currently a Professor in the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health, School of Public Health at Makerere University in Uganda.

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Stephanie Psaki Appointed to Lead the Population Council’s Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (September 10, 2019) – The Population Council has announced that Stephanie Psaki has become director of the Population Council’s Girl, Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center – a collaborative global research hub dedicated to generating, synthesizing and disseminating evidence to transform the lives of the 1.2 billion adolescents worldwide.

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Phase 3 Results Show Population Council’s One-Year Contraceptive Vaginal System Highly Effective

Phase 3 Results Show Population Council’s One-Year Contraceptive Vaginal System Highly Effective
Photo credit: Population Council / Hallie Easley

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (June 20, 2019) – The Lancet Global Health today published results from the Phase 3 clinical efficacy trials of the Population Council-developed Annovera™ (segesterone acetate and ethinyl estradiol vaginal contraceptive system).  Annovera is the first and only contraceptive that provides an entire year of protection against unintended pregnancy while fully under a woman’s control.  Results show that Annovera was 97% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 13 menstrual cycles, which means that women do not need to return to the clinic or pharmacy for prescription refills.

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New, multi-country study finds women who give birth before 18 are economically impacted for life

Vancouver, Thursday, June 6, 2019 – A new study, conducted by the Population Council and with Women Deliver, found a strong and consistent lifelong negative association between giving birth before age 18 and a woman’s economic empowerment. The research, previewed today at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, points to the critical need to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights and expand economic opportunities for girls and women throughout their lives.

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Biruh Tesfa to Scale-Up, Targeting Pivotal Population of Vulnerable Girls in Ethiopia

The Population Council and partners are expanding the implementation of Biruh Tesfa, an evidence-based program conceptualized by the Population Council to reduce the social isolation of vulnerable girls in urban Ethiopia, to reach girls living in forced domestic servitude, girls who are trafficked, as well as girls living with disabilities in Ethiopia.

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First Trial Launches to Test Effectiveness of Male Contraceptive Gel

(November 28, 2018) NEW YORK, NY – The Population Council, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, and University of Washington School of Medicine today announced the launch of the first clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of a gel for men to prevent unintended pregnancy. Three trial sites in the U.S. are now enrolling couples.

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Population Council to Determine Feasibility of Fast-Tracking Oral Contraceptive Multipurpose Prevention Technology (cMPT) Development

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (November 14, 2018)  ̶  The Population Council has received initial funding from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) to assess the feasibility of combining oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention with an oral contraceptive into a single pill, which women would take once a day.

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