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Friday, February 25, 2005

Life Expectancy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ben Muse has a chart from the Economic Report of the President, 2005, showing a dramatic decline in life expectancies in many sub-saharan African countries. Ben quotes from the report,

As a result of its lethality and the relative youth of its victims, HIV/AIDs has reduced life expectancy by more than 20 years in many African countries. Life expectancy in some countries is projected to fall to roughly 30 years within the next decade, whereas in the absence of HIV/AIDS some were expected to approach or exceed 70 years.
No matter how you value a human life in these countries, "free" condoms would have a net positive benefit-cost result. How long will it take aid organizations to move full speed in this direction?
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