New UNICEF head won’t change condom policy

Concerns that Ann Veneman, new head of UNICEF and a former member of the Bush administration, would implement a more conservative policy on HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual health and condoms were quelled last week when she announced that policies would remain as they are.
“We’re not going to change UNICEF’s position,” Veneman, a former U.S. Agriculture Secretary, told Reuters late on Thursday at a feeding centre in Malawi where the U.N. is feeding AIDS orphans and other vulnerable groups.
Veneman raised concern in January when she said she believed social issues such as reproductive health were “irrelevant” to UNICEF’s mission, a remark some interpreted as signalling a change in UNICEF’s drive to promote family planning.

Let’s hope Veneman really doesn’t change UNICEF’s policies…I’m a tad wary of anyone who thinks reproductive health is “irrelevant.”

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One Comment

  1. johnny_5
    Posted June 1, 2005 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    UNICEF help out in a lot of countries afflicted by massive overpopulation, lack of basic resources (such as food and water) due to said overpopulation, and massive numbers of children dying before puberty because of inherited illnesses such as HIV, don’t they?
    Yep, sounds pretty irrelevant to me…

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