AIDS cause of Botswana crisis
BBC NewsBotswana's President Festus Mogae has predicted a huge budget deficit for the next financial year, partly blaming high cost of dealing with a devastating AIDS epidemic. In a statement on Saturday, the president said current financial estimates suggested the 2003/04 budget would be a deficit of 1.9 billion pula ($396m) from the previous estimated surplus. Botswana has the highest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world, with nearly 40% of the country's adult population suffering from the disease.
—Posted: September 22, 2003
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