Implications of AIDS for the South African population age profile

  • W.D. Myslik The Southern Life Association Limited
  • A. Freeman The Southern Life Association Limited
  • Janina Slawski The Southern Life Association Limited

Abstract

This paper explores the complex interaction of fertility decline and the AIDS epidemic on the demographic structure of South Africa. The consequences of these demographic changes on household structures, employment practices and the national economy are analysed Particular attention is paid to the impact of such changes on older people, in terms of their role in shouldering the social and financial burden of the epidemic in a family context and the impact on health care and social support systems on which they rely.

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Published
1997-10-01