Front Matter

Front Matter

International Monetary Fund
Published Date:
November 2004
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© 2004 International Monetary Fund


Jeremy Clift

Production: IMF Graphics Section

Cover and design: Luisa Menjivar, Jorge Salazar

Typesetting: Lai Oy Louie, Lijun Li

ISBN 1-58906-341-4

Published December 2004

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The past century has been marked by rapid advances in human welfare. People in most parts of the world are healthier and are living longer. While this trend is likely to continue, hopes are fading in some regions where progress slowed or stopped in the 1990s, primarily as a result of the AIDS epidemic.

This compilation of articles published over the past five years in the pages of F&D looks at the important links between health and economic progress. Articles range over a variety of topics, from the Millennium Development Goals and their health-related targets for 2015 to the economics of tobacco control. Several articles examine the impact of AIDS, while others look at debt and the intellectual property aspects of health care.

By publishing the articles together, we hope that they will form a useful starting point for those examining the economics of health in developing countries.

Laura Wallace


Finance & Development

December 2004


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