HIV/AIDS Remains ‘Most Significant’ International Demographic Concern, U.N. Report Says
Approximately 75% of developed countries view HIV/AIDS as the "most significant" international demographic concern, according to the United Nations Population Division report National Population Policies 2001, which was released yesterday in New York, Xinhua News Agency reports. According to the report, developed countries are also concered about low fertility and population aging. Developing countries noted that they face the continuing challenge of infant, child and maternal mortality. However, more than one half of countries in less developed regions were concerned with high rates of population growth, although three-quarters of all countries surveyed directly support programs that provide contraceptive access and about 60% of developing countries have policies aimed at lowering fertility rates (Xinhua News Agency, 10/31). Data from the report are available online.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.