Population estimates from the US Bureau of the Census are based on statistics from population censuses, vital statistics registration systems, or sample surveys about the recent past and assumptions about future trends. The total population presents one overall measure of the country’s potential impact on the world and its region. Note: Demographic estimates for some countries (mostly African) have explicitly considered the effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic’s growing impact.

These countries are currently: The Bahamas, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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