This is something that one of my co-workers put together of all the coverage right now on this issue.
Security Council Addresses AIDS in Africa
1. Yahoo!News: "U.N. Debates AIDS Threat in Africa"
2. _Boston Globe_: "On AIDS and A Vision for Security in the Troubled
Regions of Africa"
3. CNN.com: "Gore To Announce Administration Push To Fight AIDS In Africa"
4. _Boston Globe_: "A Continent's Crisis: AIDS and the African"
5. _The Village Voice_: "AIDS -- The Agony of Africa"
6. UNAIDS: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
7. MSNBC: Aids in Africa (Slide Presentation)
8. AIDSLink South Africa
9. CNN.com: "Uganda's successful anti-AIDS program targets youth"
On Monday, Vice President Al Gore opened the first UN Security
Council of the new century with the announcement of US intentions to
focus the council's agenda for the next week on the AIDS epidemic in
Africa. Part of a larger focus on Africa in general for the
month-long tenure of the US chairship, this announcement marks the
first time the Security Council has taken up a major world health
crisis. Usually, such an issue is handled by the World Health
Organization with the Security Council restricting itself to matters
of international relations and politics. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke
justifies such a departure from tradition by pointing out that last
year the AIDS epidemic killed ten times as many as armed conflict in
Africa (2,000,000 deaths from AIDS vs. 200,000 deaths in combat). In
several African nations, one in four individuals are infected. In
addition, 10,000,000 children have been orphaned by the epidemic on a
continent where social support systems are often inadequate; and in
some cities, as many as 40 percent of all adults have HIV. The
administration hopes that such a bold move will help bring renewed
attention to the crisis and break down the taboo against
acknowledging a disease that Peter Piot, the director of UNAIDS,
believes has the "potential to destabilize the whole continent."
Yahoo!News (via the Associated Press) (1) and the _Boston Globe_ (2)
summarize the Security Council agenda for this month. CNN reports on
the administration's choice of Vice-President Gore to open the
Security Council session (3). The _Boston Globe_'s four-part report
(4) provides substantial background on the African AIDS crisis,
including statistics, in-depth personal coverage, and analysis of the
political and cultural obstacles to remedying the situation. _The
Village Voice_ offers an eight-part series (5) on the crisis that
covers some of the same territory as the _Globe_'s report, but also
goes into more detail on some of the cultural consequences of the
epidemic. UNAIDS (6) provides reports, data, and updates on the World
AIDS campaign. A new report on children orphaned by AIDS in Africa is
also posted here (see the December 10, 1999 _Scout Report_). MSNBC
(7) features captioned photographs that graphically detail the
individual suffering caused by the epidemic. AIDSLink South Africa
(8) tries to diminish that suffering by supporting "indigent
communities affected by AIDS, through financial grants, counseling,
legal support and advice, and skill building workshops." Last fall,
CNN ran a story chronicling successful anti-AIDS efforts in Uganda
(9)--a source of hope. [DC]