TitleThe Impact of HIV/AIDS on Labor Costs in Two Ugandan Corporations
AuthorsFeeley F.
PublisherCenter for International Health and Development, Boston University School of Public Health
LocationBoston, MA
AbstractThe public health and social burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is evidenced in rising death rates, falling life expectancies and increasing numbers of orphans. The loss of educated workers due to HIV/AIDS is likely to retard economic development, and employers should have an interest in safeguarding the health of their workers. As the cost of antiretroviral drugs and therefore highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) falls, it becomes particularly important to quantify the costs that the employer is incurring due to AIDS infections in the work force. These costs, which could be delayed or averted by effective treatment, can then be reasonably compared with the costs of such treatment.