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The Impact Of The Aids Pandemic On Health Services In Africa: Evidence From Demographic And Health Surveys

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The authors document the impact of the AIDS crisis on non-AIDS related health services in fourteen sub-Saharan African countries. Using multiple waves of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) for each country, they examine antenatal care, birth deliveries, and rates of immunization for children born between 1988 and 2005. They find deterioration in nearly all of these dimensions of health care over this period. The most recent DHS survey for each country collected data on HIV prevalence, which allows examining the association between HIV burden and health care. They find that erosion of health services is highly correlated with increases in AIDS prevalence.

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