Description/achievement of initiative
The Population Council will conduct social science, public health, and biomedical research in reproductive health, HIV, and poverty, gender, and youth to improve people's lives. It designs health products and supports service delivery programs and policies responsive to people in developing countries.
The estimated financial commitment will be US $10 million annually for three years.
In support of this initiative, the Council is committed to: (a) bringing new contraceptives, microbicides, and multipurpose technologies appropriate to the needs of vulnerable women, children, and men in developing countries to market; and engaging with pharmaceutical companies to license, register, manufacture, and/or donate Council technologies and devices to expand choice in developing countries; (b) using research to identify service delivery problems that affect women's and children's health; conducting operations research and economic analyses to test the feasibility and effectiveness of solutions to these problems; and providing program managers and policy makers with the information and capacity to expand coverage and improve service quality; (c) seeking to reduce inequities related to poverty, ethnicity, age, HIV status, gender, and sexual orientation; and, helping adolescents reach a successful, productive adulthood through expanded access to innovative products, services, and interventions. We will focus on about 20 countries.