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AIDS in Developing Countries, Cost Issues and Policy Tradeoffs

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M A Lewis; G M Kenney; A Dor; R Dighe
Date Published
91 pages
AIDS presents an even more significant problem in developing countries than in the United States. The largest problem facing these countries in their efforts to contain and manage the spread of AIDS is their lack of information.
To help these governments receive effective policy guidance and assistance so they can allocate their acutely scarce resources, investments must be made in gathering by experimentation several kinds of information. These include cost-effective ways of reaching high-risk groups with preventive information and bringing about behavioral change, alternative ways of treating AIDS patients and the relative costs, alternative ways of financing treatment, tradeoffs between AIDS prevention and treatment expenditures, and tradeoffs between expenditures (treatment and prevention) on AIDS and expenditures on other health problems facing the country. Priorities for research are country-specific. Isolated pieces of research may not offer sufficient policy guidance because they lack comparative context. 11 notes, 7 tables, bibliography. (Author abstract modified)