Population Council, Inc.

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Issues: Children & Youth, Health, International

Location: One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza New York NY 10017 USA

Mission: The Population Council is dedicated to improving the reproductive health and well-being of the most vulnerable individuals in developing countries. Council researchers focus their efforts on three programs: HIV and AIDS; Poverty, Gender, and Youth; and Reproductive Health. Researchers draw on the multidisciplinary knowledge of colleagues from their own program as well as the other two programs to think broadly in developing, implementing, and testing programs that can help improve people?s lives. They collaborate extensively with local and regional governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide to expand access to quality health services; increase the options for safe, affordable, and reversible contraception for men as well as women; and shape policies and programs to improve health outcomes. Council researchers also advocate for solutions to real-world problems?solutions that are evidence-based, rigorously tested, evaluated, and proven effective. The Council has a network of offices in 18 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and over 500 staff members who hail from 33 countries. An international board of 15 individuals from 6 countries governs the organization. Council headquarters and biomedical laboratories are located in New York. The Council also has an office in Washington DC.
Programs: Population Council research, programs, and institutional development activities include: basic research in reproductive biology and immunology; development of contraceptive technologies and other reproductive health products such as microbicide gels that women can use to protect themselves from the sexual transmission of HIV and AIDS; research on promising strategies to prevent transmission of HIV and AIDS, care for those with the disease and those affected by it, such as AIDS orphans;expansion of access to quality, client-centered reproductive health services; efforts to build professional capacity in developing countries through collaborative research and fellowship awards; and expanded outreach to communicate research results to policymakers, program managers, and others concerned with population, health, and development issues─leaders who have the power to make a difference. The Council's fellowship programs have helped advance the careers of more than 2,500 social scientists and biomedical researchers, many of whom have gone on to hold leadership positions in key international population, development, and health institutions. The Council publishes two of the field's leading scholarly, peer-reviewed journals: Population and Development Review and Studies in Family Planning, and books, statistical compendiums, conference proceedings, newsletters, and working papers. All are available online at http://www.popcouncil.org/publications/index.html.

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