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The AIDS epidemic is straining the limited resources available to many developing country governments. How can governments provide support to those affected by AIDS without neglecting others in need or abandoning important development goals?

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

The global economic expansion following the slowdown of 1997-98 has continued to gain strength, with global output growth projected at 4.7 percent in 2000—0.5 percentage point higher than the May estimate—according to the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook. The improvement has been led by the continued strength of the U.S. economy, recoveries in several emerging market economies, a robust expansion in Europe, and a nascent—if still fragile—recovery in Japan. Nevertheless, the report cautions, economic and financial imbalances in the three main currency areas remain large, and higher oil prices have become an increasing concern. Also, a number of countries continue to experience serious economic problems—in some cases due to natural disasters and adverse movements in commodity prices—while the HIV/AIDS pandemic poses a severe human and economic threat, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia.