HIV/AIDS and the KZN Economy: Spatial and Sectoral Considerations, Policy Implications and Recommendations

Abstract

The aim of this study of which this report is the last component was to estimate the macroeconomic impacts of HIV infection on four prominent industries of the provincial economy of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (KZN), based on a new survey of HIV prevalence amongst workers in KZN firms, and using a population/demographic model to capture the effects of AIDS on workers across different occupations, and an economic model to estimate the effects on economic growth and poverty reduction. It is concluded that the province on a whole should be very concerned about the impact of HIV/AIDS on its employees, their dependants and the public. Individual vulnerability to HIV/AIDS is partly a function of socioeconomic status. Therefore, effective HIV/AIDS interventions should be multi-sectoral and require collaboration between government (including local government), non-government organisations, civil society and the business community.

Citation

HEARD, Durban, South Africa; v + 27 pp.

HIV/AIDS and the KZN Economy: Spatial and Sectoral Considerations, Policy Implications and Recommendations

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