The Population Council  is the first international NGO to focus on the HIV-related vulnerabilities of men who have sex with men in Africa. We conduct research and programs in more than 50 countries. Our 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. We increase awareness of the problems they face and offer evidence-based solutions.


The Population Council conducts research to address critical health and development issues. Our work allows couples to plan their families and chart their futures. We help people avoid HIV infection and access life-saving HIV services. And we empower girls to protect themselves and have a say in their own lives.


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

170 million women are currently using highly effective, reversible contraceptives developed by the Population Council or based on our technology—including IUDs, implants, and rings. We've also helped vulnerable populations around the world by defining the centrality of adolescent girls to achieving health and development goals,and greatly increasing investment in programs that empower them.

We also determine the need for an HIV prevention method that women can control— and develope promising prevention products. We transformed global family planning efforts with an innovative quality-of-care framework. We discovered the link between smoking, the Pill, and increased cardiovascular risk, which made the case for changing FDA recommendations.We wrote the books on operations research for family planning

and reproductive health care, improving services both nationally and regionally. For decades we have published two high-impact, peer-reviewed journals that shape programs, policies, and research methodologies.

Our work in Nigeria

The Population Council has been working in partnership with government ministries and health organizations in Nigeria since the 1960s. The Council established a country office in 2006 and has since expanded its research portfolio to address HIV and AIDS among key populations, maternal mortality and morbidity, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and child marriage.

The Population Council pioneered research on the HIV risk of men who have sex with men (MSM) in Nigeria, the findings of which influenced policy and program initiatives in the country’s HIV prevention, care, and treatment response. It has established a nationwide network that seeks to avert HIV infections among MSM.

The Council works to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young people in Nigeria, particularly vulnerable adolescent girls. It is committed to building girls’ life skills and improving health outcomes through Safe Spaces programs and programs to delay or prevent child marriage. It also builds the capacity of local organizations to address health and education issues in their communities.