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Happy World Population Day, to All Seven Billion of Us

These 10 stories highlight some of today's most critical global health trends—and how they affect the most vulnerable among us.

This World Population Day, July 11, we’re thinking of health workers.

We’re thinking of all the populations they serve and all the lives they change, improve, and save. And we’re thinking of the sacrifices many health workers must make in the name of greater health, safety, and well-being for their communities.

The theme of World Population Day this year—Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies—is fitting. In the past year, we’ve seen firsthand that those who live in countries with weak health systems are alarmingly vulnerable, not only in the face of crises such as Ebola outbreaks, but in maternal health, family planning, noncommunicable diseases, and equality for women and girls.

Good health care makes for healthier, happier, more productive populations.

Here’s a look at 10 stories on the emergencies, tragedies, and successes of the past year, as we say happy World Population Day—to all seven billion of us.

Five Big Questions for the Future of Global Family Planning

For less than the cost of a cheeseburger per American per year, we could reduce global population growth by 500 million. So what's the holdup? IntraHealth's Pape Gaye and Roy Jacobstein tackle this question and more in the Huffington Post. » Read more

New Contraceptive Gives Women More of What They Want

In Senegal, health workers and clients alike are loving Sayana Press, a new injectable contraceptive that’s easy to administer and pain-free for the women who use it. » Read more

West Africa Finally Starting to Embrace Family Planning

West Africa has the lowest modern contraceptive use and the highest fertility rate in the world. But the region is on the verge of change. » Read more

Ebola in West Africa

Follow IntraHealth’s special coverage of the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and how it’s affecting vulnerable populations there. Together with our partners, we’re developing resources and tools to help affected countries support their health workforces and embark on the long road to recovery. » Read more

US and Senegalese Investments in Family Planning Are Paying Off

A new Guttmacher Institute report shows the impact of US investment in family planning around the world. In Senegal, the benefits are clear. » Read more

Senegal Wins 2015 Resolve Award for Informed Push Model of Contraceptive Distribution

The Informed Push Model—an innovative method of contraceptive distribution developed by IntraHealth—has revolutionized Senegal’s contraceptive supply chain, nearly eliminating stockouts and ensuring that facilities are supplied and ready to provide clients with their preferred methods. » Read more

Stronger Health Systems, Stronger Populations

We know that good health care makes for healthier, happier, more productive societies. That's why we work with countries to invest in their health systems and better provide the services their communities need. » Read more

3 Key Steps to Win Men's Support for Family Planning

These three steps are just the beginning when it comes to winning men’s support for family planning, but they’re critical. » Read more

For Over a Thousand Women in Mali, Dignity Again

Right now, 2 million women around the world are suffering from obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that is both preventable and treatable. Women and girls in vulnerable populations face the greatest risk. But family planning can help put a stop to it. » Read more

Five Ways to Address Provider Bias in Family Planning

Health workers don't arrive at work as blank slates. They bring their own multidimensional personalities, beliefs, and biases, which can have a huge effect on the way they provide family planning services. » Read more