FEATURED ARTICLES ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT - PAGE 3
August 14, 2002 |
Even from my office in Ghana, it was clear that the recent U.S. decision to cancel this year's contribution to the United Nations Population Fund had nothing to do with China's abortion policies and everything to do with politics. But that didn't stop my blood from boiling. How could one man--albeit the U.S. president--so easily wager human lives and human hopes for short-term political gain? This decision does nothing about China's population policies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994 |
Americans generally view world population growth as a problem and support U.S. efforts to slow the increasing numbers of Earth's inhabitants, according to a poll released Wednesday. But Roman Catholics and Protestants who attend church regularly are less likely to support specific policies such as legal abortion and family planning programs than other sectors of the electorate, the poll shows.
December 4, 1995 |
In the budget now being haggled over in Congress for the U.S. Agency for International Development, about $400 million is earmarked for "child survival." But there may be less to this than meets the eye. This sum is supposed to pay for vitamin A supplements, promotion of breast-feeding, efforts to control deadly diarrhea and other U.S.-assisted international programs designed to cut down on child sickness and mortality worldwide.
July 9, 1995 |
At 26, Maria Elena is in no hurry to have children. The first woman in her family to complete college, she relishes her job as a guide in a Madrid museum. Rafael would like to marry his longtime girlfriend, but apartments are so expensive in Seville that the 31-year-old teacher still lives with his parents. These two young people help explain a major demographic shift. Spain, which just 20 years ago had one of the highest fertility rates in Europe, now has one of the lowest in the world.
September 11, 1995 |
Delegates to the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women drafted a controversial provision Sunday calling on governments to review laws that penalize women for having illegal abortions. The delegates, members of a key subcommittee representing more than 70 countries, also approved a hotly debated measure that defines the right of a woman to make decisions about her own sexual and reproductive health as a basic human right.
September 8, 1994 |
Margaret Ogola, a Kenyan physician, spoke of the clinics she administers in rural Africa, where women are often hard-pressed to find an aspirin or an antibiotic but always have a ready supply of birth control pills. "You wake up in the morning, and you hear you're having too many babies. You go to bed at night, and you hear you're having too many babies," she sighed.
September 5, 1994 |
Bathed in the smoke of a cooking fire inside a thatch-topped hut, Maureen Dick chatted softly in Shona as she carefully positioned her stethoscope and checked her patient's blood pressure. After a moment, she smiled. All was well. She reached into her bulging green satchel and handed over a month's supply of birth control pills. Edith Mayata thanked her warmly. At 34, she has six children and wants no more. "It's difficult to look after them," she said. "The cost of living goes up each day."
September 4, 1994 |
More than 40 years ago, Nafis Sadik, a doctor, was required to ask her husband for his permission to go to work and practice medicine, as was the custom in Pakistan. This month, Sadik will lead the international community through a critical demographic crossroads. On the eve of the International Conference on Population and Development, to be held in Cairo this month, a 90% majority of U.N.
September 13, 1994 |
Finally clearing nagging disputes over reproductive health, birth control and migrant workers, U.N. drafters completed an ambitious new population plan Monday that U.N. officials say has allowed the world for the first time to deal frankly with sex and spiraling human reproduction.
September 4, 1994 |
Years ago, when the water buffalo gave plenty of milk and the pigeons and chickens were paraded nightly to the dinner table, Om Mahmoud was healthy and happy with the annual ritual of giving birth to a new baby: another pair of hands in the lush farm fields of the Nile Delta. But the babies kept dying, one by one. Om Mahmoud would have a new baby, and last year's infant would die. In all, she went to the birthing table 15 times. Seven lived.