4th Global Conference

16-19 May 2016 • Copenhagen, Denmark

4th Global Conference

16-19 May 2016 • Copenhagen, Denmark

John Townsend

John-Townsend-Family-PlanningJohn Townsend, PhD, is a vice president and director of the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program. He provides leadership, directs research initiatives, and advances policy innovations that translate into better-functioning health systems, improved sexual and reproductive health, and enhanced respect for the right to health for women and men worldwide.

Dr. Townsend oversees research focused on three core areas: basic bio medical studies and the development of male and female contraceptives; social science research to identify causes of poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes; and research on the development, scale-up, financing, and sustainability of service-delivery models. He works closely with international health and development agencies, ministries of health, and private healthcare providers to implement policies and programs that encourage more effective healthcare practices; participates in multiple interagency committees on contraceptive technology, gender, and reproductive health services; and represents the Council in meetings with national and international policymakers worldwide.