Developing economies shrink as AIDS reduces workforce

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:129
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    The economies of poor countries hit by the AIDS epidemic are shrinking each year as millions of people are lost to the workforce through death or disability, the International Labour Organization said in a report this week.

    The report, which was presented at the international AIDS conference this week, found that 36.5 million people of working age have HIV or AIDS and that by 2005 the global workforce will have lost 28 million workers to AIDS since the epidemic started.

    Without access to life lengthening antiretroviral drugs two million workers with AIDS around the world will …

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