Subject: [fem-women2000 671] GLOBAL POPULATION MEDIA ANALYSIS -- 6/1/2001 to 6/15/2001(fwd)
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Subject: GLOBAL POPULATION MEDIA ANALYSIS -- 6/1/2001 to 6/15/2001

Global Population Initiative Media Analysis
June 1-15, 2001


The crucial link between HIV/AIDS and poverty continues to be a theme of
U.S. and international media coverage, connecting maternal and infant
mortality, children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and worldwide funding to combat the
epidemic. HIV/AIDS experts agree that while steep price cuts for
anti-retroviral drugs by some of the world's largest pharmaceutical
companies were an "important and welcome step," the move will have a limited
effect until a host of other issues are dealt with. These include "combating
the grinding poverty that makes almost any charge unaffordable, creating a
health care infrastructure to deliver the drugs and monitor their use, and
educating people about HIV/AIDS," according to The Washington Post June 12.
In addition to the United Nations' Global AIDS Fund, another effort, a
53-nation continental body called the African Union, was launched to promote
peace and combat poverty and HIV/AIDS, according to a June 11 Agence France
Presse story.

HIV/AIDS trends reflect the epidemic's effect on world population. According
to the latest chart from the UN Population Division, five developing
countries have at least 2 million people living with AIDS/HIV: Ethiopia,
India, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Life expectancy is projected to drop
by at least 17 years by 2005 in South Africa, the Associated Press reported
June 7. India is "teetering on the brink of becoming another sub-Saharan
Africa" in its HIV/AIDS infections, Newsweek asserted June 11. According to
the World Health Organization's latest figures, 3,860,000 Indian men, women
and children were carrying the HIV/AIDS virus at the end of 2000 - second
only to South Africa's 4.2 million infected people. In the Cote d'Ivoire,
some 600,000 children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, Minister of Family,
Women and Children Henriette Lagou said in a report to the UN Committee on
the Rights of the Child, as reported in a story disseminated by Africa News.

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Funding the global HIV/AIDS fight continues to be debated in the United
States. While applauding the administration's recent $200 million
contribution to a global trust fund to fight HIV/AIDS, U.S. House Democrats
said far more funding was needed to make a dent in the spreading pandemic,
Reuters reported June 7. Lawmakers praised a bill sponsored by Rep. Henry
Hyde (R-IL) that would boost direct U.S. spending on HIV/AIDS in Africa and
other developing regions to more than $1 billion in the next two fiscal
years, an increase of nearly $300 million over the White House proposal.
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The theme of "Saving Women's Lives" was echoed through this week's launch of
a campaign to increase awareness of worldwide maternal mortality. More women
are at risk in developing countries where access to health care is limited,
experts from the United Nations Population Fund and Family Care
International said at a Manhattan Press briefing on the campaign, "Saving
Women's Lives," as reported in the New York Daily News June 8. The
collaboration's primary focus, reported by Women's Enews June 11, is to call
public attention to the "global problems of maternal mortality and violence
against women." Most violence against women is inextricably linked to male
power, privilege and control, according to a June 8 story disseminated by
Africa News.
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The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health joined
several divisions of the United Nations to release studies on the effects of
increased immigration to major cities in Asia, Africa and South America on
the environment and living conditions of the poor. The Hopkins report found
that rapid growth has overwhelmed the capacity of municipalities to respond,
"Over 6 million people in cities of developing countries cannot meet their
basic needs for adequate shelter, water, food, health and education," the
report said, according to The Washington Post June 11. The study concluded
that while these "megacities" face "unprecedented" challenges, a number of
steps can make cities more livable and at the same time protect the
environment. These include increased family planning, better urban planning,
more public transportation, and better sanitation and water use policies.

In addition, the Associated Press reported June 5 that the United Nations
released its "State of the World's Cities" report, which found that more
than 1 billion people live in slums and squatter communities worldwide,
increasing the pollution from cars, factories and sewage that threatens
public health. In Asia, another report on urbanization by the UN's Economic
and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific listed "poverty and the
disappearance and disturbance of ecosystems" as reasons why an estimated 800
million Asian rural dwellers are expected to relocate to cities in the next
20 years, as reported by the Associated Press June 6.

Another area of concern for the urban poor in most developing countries is
that many face an increasing threat of malnutrition and health risks linked
to unsafe food, warned the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a
June 4 Agence France Presse story. The FAO said that food insecurity was
becoming an extremely pressing social and political issue as the number of
unemployed people, poor women, the elderly and children was growing fast.


In developments on the global gag rule, the New York City-based Center for
Reproductive Law and Policy filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in
Manhattan against President Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and
Andrew Natsios, Chief Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International
Development, accusing them of curbing the free-speech rights of overseas
groups that provide reproductive health services to women, according to June
7 stories by The New York Times, Associated Press and other U.S. and
international outlets.

A Dutch-based project titled Women on Waves received major media attention
when it announced it would sail a boat to Ireland, where abortion is still
illegal, and perform abortions offshore in international waters, according
to June 11 stories by The New York Times, Associated Press, National Public
Radio and Agence France Presse. Lack of permits to carry passengers aborted
the voyage late last week.
[NOTE: For a comprehensive story, see The New York Times' June 17 story at:]

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Rotary International
announced a partnership "to tackle the planet's population explosion," as
reported by the Associated Press June 7. At the U.N. news conference, Frank
Devlyn, president of Rotary, which has 1.2 million members in 164 countries
and 35 other geographical areas, and UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid
signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to work together on projects to address
the challenges of a global population that has topped 6 billion and is
increasing by 77 million people every year, mainly in the world's poorest


In a June 15 Washington Post commentary, experts from Harvard University's
Center for International Development and the Harvard Medical School
described recent comments by President Bush's new chief of the U.S. Agency
for International Development (USAID), Andrew Natsios, as "disturbing, if
not alarming." When it comes to treating African HIV/AIDS patients, Natsios
said, "USAID cannot get it done" because Africans "don't know what Western
time is" and are thus unable to take their anti-retroviral drugs on the
required regular schedule.
[related June 15 Boston Globe opinion piece:]

In her June 13 Washington Post column, Judy Mann posed the question, "Will
the switch in the Senate be enough to protect women at home and abroad?" She
answered, "That's probably going to depend on how much the members hear from
people who stand to lose. Bush has shown his cards, and women's reproductive
health care isn't in them. Senate Democrats and moderate Republicans are the
best bet for restoring contraceptive coverage to federal employees and for
getting rid of the global gag rule."

Alex Sanger, chairman of International Planned Parenthood Council, wrote a
response to Mary Hart's May 23 column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "There
is a Silver Lining to Global Aging." Hart, he wrote, had "erroneously"
stated that "most developed nations are experiencing rapidly shrinking
populations" and that "the United States is the only major nation in which
population is not declining." Sanger pointed out that neither statement was
true and that Hart and her sources had confused fertility rates with
population growth. 
[NOTE: To view Hart's column, go to:


The above analysis was written by Elena M. H. Cabatu
<>  and Kathy Bonk at the Communications Consortium
Media Center <> , 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 300,
Washington, DC 20005, 202/326-8700. Redistribution is encouraged with credit
to CCMC.

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