The Population Council works with health authorities and policy makers in more than 13 countries—generating and sharing data in real-time—to provide the evidence and insights needed to mitigate the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities who experience the most vulnerability and marginalization (because structural barriers such as economic inequality, racism, harmful gender norms, and numerous other intertwining factors). Our COVID-19 research and analyses are locally led, draw on expertise from across the globe, utilize existing data and study cohorts, and build on decades-long relationships with community leaders, government officials, partners, and more.
These factors allowed us to quickly—within the first weeks of the pandemic in many instances—share context-specific data on what was happening, to whom, and the potential risks to their health and well-being.
Our goal is to use evidence to support national efforts to mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and inform policies that are responsive to the harmful health, economic, and social impacts of the pandemic.
Globally Relevant Publications
Below is a small subset of our extensive publications, available on our public Knowledge Commons, with broad relevance to global audiences without a country-specific focus.
- Effectiveness, safety and acceptability of medical abortion at home versus in the clinic: A systematic review and meta-analysis in response to COVID-19
- Opportunities for SGBV data collection in the time of COVID-19: The value of implementation science
- In-person research during COVID-19: Considerations and a call to action
- Lives not worth saving
- Remember the fundamentals as we build back better in girls’ education
- Uniting for adolescents in Covid-19 and beyond
- Sexual and gender minority adolescents must be prioritised during the global COVID-19 public health response
- Research in forced displacement: guidance for a feminist and decolonial approach