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Botswana More Economic Freedom Less HIV

Created on September 12, 2013

Botswana More Economic Freedom Less HIV

Botswana: More Economic Freedom, Less HIV

In the late 1990s, HIV was becoming an epidemic in Botswana. By the end of the decade, more than one-quarter of the population ages 15 to 49 was infected. However, simultaneously, the south African nation was opening up its economy. Ten years later, Botswana’s economy continues to grow freer, and HIV is on the decline.

Keywords: economic, freedom, HIV, AIDS

Sources: The World Bank, World DataBank, http://databank.worldbank.org/data/home.aspx (accessed May 6, 2013), and Terry Miller and Kim R. Holmes, 2009 Index of Economic Freedom (Washington, D.C.: The Heritage Foundation and Dow Jones & Company, Inc., 2009), http://www.heritage.org/index.

Article ID: sr139

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