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Population Council Experts Share Insights on Maternal Health Outcomes, Family Planning and Investing in Future Generations at Women Deliver 2016

COPENHAGEN (16 May 2016) ― Population Council experts will highlight new evidence and perspectives on reproductive health, maternal and newborn health, and adolescent girl empowerment this week at Women Deliver. The Population Council is a globally recognized nonprofit organization, conducting research to address critical health and development challenges.

Women Deliver ― the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing for more than a decade ― is being held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 16-19 May 2016. Population Council leaders will speak in plenaries, concurrent sessions and partner side events on the value of investing in youth, the need for better data in development, and ways to save and improve the lives of mothers.

“The new Sustainable Development Goals promise to improve the lives of millions of girls and women around the world, and now is the time to deliver,” said Julia Bunting, president of Population Council. “I’m thrilled that the Population Council can be at Women Deliver working with the global community to chart the course forward for girls and women.”

In conjunction with the conference, the Population Council will host a high-level side event on Wellbeing for All at All Ages: Delivering on Quality, Rights and Respect for Maternal and Newborn Health on Tuesday, 17 May from 6:30-8:00 AM in the Bella Center room 179. Featured speakers include: Charlotte Warren (senior associate, Population Council); Koki Agarwal (director, Maternal and Child Survival Program); Annette Velleuer (director, GlobalHealthCare Programs, Bayer); Chunmei Li (director, Worldwide Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson); Farahnaz Moazzam (senior sub-editor, Express Tribune, Pakistan); and Charity Ndwiga (program officer, Population Council). The panel and discussion will be hosted by John Townsend (vice president and director, Reproductive Health Program, Population Council).

“The Population Council is on the frontline generating evidence and implementing successful interventions to ensure high-quality, rights-based, respectful maternal health services,” said Charlotte Warren, senior associate and leader of the Population Council maternal health portfolio. Women and girls will only make progress if they have equitable access to quality sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights."

Noteworthy Population Council presentations at Women Deliver include:

Plenary Sessions

Tuesday, 17 May from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Plenary Hall A

Population Council Speaker: Julia Bunting

How Do We Know How We Are Doing?

Panelists will explore the latest trends in evaluation and monitoring. We’ll hear from organizations that have been at the forefront of evaluating themselves and completing external evaluations with flying colors. Learn how they document successes and failures alike as they work to lift women out of poverty, combat non-communicable diseases, change discriminatory laws, and advocate for transparent governments. Julia Bunting will give the last word.

Tuesday, 17 May from 4:30 – 5:30 PM, Plenary Hall A

Population Council Speaker: John Townsend

John Townsend and other panelists will discuss the ups and downs of working across generations.  Panelists will share the things that drive them crazy as well as their best intergenerational experiences. This is a chance to tackle stereotypes head-on and focus on solutions for the future. 


Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday, 17 May from 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Room B4-4

Population Council Speaker: John Townsend

Is 225 Million Acceptable? Unraveling Unintended Pregnancy

This session will cover unmet need for family planning, policy, education, and gaps in product availability and access. Panelists including John Townsend will unravel practical actions for real change.

Wednesday, 18 May from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Room B4-1

Population Council Speaker: Martha Brady

Addressing Adolescent Issues with Sport

During this session, experts including Martha Brady will show how sport can spark powerful changes in cultural attitudes, sexual and reproductive rights, and gender-based violence.

Thursday, 19 May from 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Room C1-M3

Population Council Speaker: John Townsend

The Need for New Contraceptive Methods for Women and Men

In a “fishbowl” discussion moderated by John Townsend, this session will explore the perceived needs for new contraceptives from audience members of diverse ages, geographies, and professional backgrounds and what is needed for new products to emerge.

Thursday, 19 May from 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Room B4-1

Population Council Speaker: Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan

No Girl Overlooked: Ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan and other panelists will have a discussion centered on an approach that simultaneously works to end the practice while also addressing the health needs of women and girls living with the effects of FGM/C.

Thursday, 19 May from 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Room C1-M0

Population Council Speaker: Charity Ndwiga

Compassionate and People-Centered Care: Why We Need It

Panelists, including Charity Ndwiga, will discuss ensuring that women are not only satisfied with their care but have a positive birth experience can be the catalyst to ensuring they survive and thrive.


About the Population Council

The Population Council confronts critical health and development issues—from stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research in 50 countries, we work with our partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world. Established in 1952 and headquartered in New York, the Council is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization governed by an international board of trustees.


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