World leaders on Friday at the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS adopted by consensus a declaration stating that HIV is “an unprecedented human catastrophe” and set new targets in the fight against the disease, the Associated Press/Forbes reports.
Family Planning & Reproductive Health
Advocates at a meeting in Paris about women, population and development, held ahead of next week’s G8 summit, said that HIV prevention methods can also be used to further family planning goals, Deutsche Welle reports.
A reproductive health bill introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives in the Philippines “would require the government to provide information on family planning methods, make contraceptives available free of charge and introduce reproductive health and sexuality classes in schools,” the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports, noting the scope of controversy surrounding this issue.
Women in the developing world need new methods of contraception that meet their needs and lifestyles, according to Guttmacher Institute report that urges more investment in contraceptive technology, Agence France-Presse reports.
Also In Global Health News: Dengue Cases In Britain; Food Inflation In China; Interview With MIT Professors; Family Planning In The Philippines
Number Of Dengue Cases More Than Doubles In Britain The number of reported cases of dengue, a mosquito-borne illness, has more than doubled in the past year in Great Britain, with the majority linked to travel to India, the country’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The…
Fourth U.N. Conference On The Least Developed Countries Continues To Examine Development Possibilities For LDCs
“More than 8,000 people â€“ representatives of governments, international agencies, development partners and civil society â€“ are attending the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV), outlining a plan to lessen the burden of poverty, hunger and disease on the world’s most vulnerable people,” Inter Press Service reports (Ngozo, 5/10).
Russian AIDS Project: A UNAIDS article reports on the AIDS Competence project in Russia, which aims “to mobilize local responses to AIDS by promoting awareness within communities of their own strengths and capacities and facilitating the exchange of experiences within the communities” (5/10). Global Health Framework Agreement Needed: A PLoS…
The world’s population “is expected to grow from nearly 6.9 billion currently to 9.3 billion by 2050 and 10.1 billion by 2100,” the U.N. said in a report on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports, noting that the U.N. uses the projections “to devise and fund programs for problems ranging from climate change to maternal mortality” (5/3).
HeedÂ Population Dynamics International population dynamics are a “ticking time bomb, which we cannot afford to neglect any longer,” George Tsereteli, president of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development, writes in a New Europe opinion piece. “The strain that these burgeoning populations place on all the available natural and…
China’s latest census shows that the proportion of elderly people in the country has increased, while the proportion of young people dropped signficantly, but “leaders are refusing to relax strict family planning controls that are part of the cause,” the Associated Press reports (4/28).