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HIV/AIDS in Georgia

addressing the crisis


HIV/AIDS in Georgia is part of the World Bank Working Paper series. These papers are published to communicate the results of the Bank's ongoing research and to stimulate public discussion. This paper describes the characteristics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Georgia and assesses its potential effect on the country's economic growth and on sectors, such as agriculture, transport, labor markets, health care and social security. It carefully analyzes the strengths and shortcomings of the national response and identifies potential areas and strategic actions for strengthening national response capabilities. The paper also provides projections of prevalence rates for 2000-2015 and their impact on population demographics. HIV/AIDS in Georgia is an important tool in placing the HIV/AIDS epidemic at the center of the development and aid agenda in Georgia and for identifying the most appropriate and cost-effective interventions in the context of poverty reduction.