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The Population Council conducts research to address critical health and development issues. Its work allows couples to plan their families and chart their futures. It helps people avoid HIV infection and access lifesaving HIV services. And it empowers girls to protect themselves and have a say in their own lives.

It conducts research and programs in more than 50 countries. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

From its beginning, the Council has given voice and visibility to the world’s most vulnerable people. It increases awareness of the problems they face and offer evidence-based solutions.

In the developing world, governments and civil society organizations seek their help to understand and overcome obstacles to health and development. And they work in developed countries, where they use state-of-the-art biomedical science to develop new contraceptives and products to prevent the transmission of HIV.