GENEVA, 18 January 2017—UNAIDS has presented Professor Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China, with the UNAIDS Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of her remarkable contribution to the global response to HIV.
This year’s World AIDS Day’s theme, Hands Up for Prevention, reminds us that we still have work to do to reduce HIV transmission if we are to meet the global target set out in the UN Political Declaration on Ending AIDS adopted by the UN General Assembly in June 2016. In order to end AIDS by 2030, the HIV response must be fast tracked and that includes reducingnew HIV infections to less than 500,000 by 2020.
Today, we commemorate World AIDS Day—we stand in solidarity with the 78 million people who have become infected with HIV and remember the 35 million who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first cases of HIV were reported.
BEIJING, 28 November 2016—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has appointed the celebrated actor and humanitarian Huang Xiaoming as a UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador for China. The announcement was made at an event at UNAIDS office in Beijing, China.
The First Lady of Malawi and Vice President of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), Gertrude Mutharika told Chinese high school students about the impact of the AIDS epidemic on African women and children. The First Lady spoke at an event in Beijing, China on 31 October celebrating the participation of the Affiliated High School of Beijing University in an ongoing campaign called the China-Africa Hand in Hand: Chinese Youth’s Campaign for the Social Benefit of Africa.
Jiele village is where China’s first HIV cases were reported in 1989. Located in Dehong prefecture in Yunnan province, Jiele experienced a devastating AIDS epidemic, burying almost 200 people, who died from AIDS-related causes. However, a quarter of a century later, the village is now brimming with hope and renewed energy and the fear inspired by HIV no longer rattles residents.
A Chinese delegation visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 11-13 October to promote mutual exchange on innovative partnerships between the government and civil society, which have helped revolutionize HIV programming. Both countries have partnered with communities and tailored their AIDS response to the specific needs of key populations at higher risk of HIV, creating global models, that have inspired the world.
The First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan, and her counterparts from other Group of 20 (G20) countries have taken part in an event at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou to raise awareness of HIV among students. The Red Ribbon Health Ambassador’s Campus Tour campaign event took place on the sidelines of the 2016 G20 summit, where leaders of the world’s foremost economies have gathered for their annual meeting.
The cumulative number HIV positives reported at the end of October 2007 was 223,501, including 62,838 AIDS cases and 22,205 recorded deaths. in 2007, the Ministry of Health, UNAIDS and WHO has prepared this updated assessment of the AIDS epidemic in China. The estimation result showed by the end of 2007, aproximately 700,000 are now HIV positive (range 550,000-850,000). The HIV infection rate among China's population is 0.05 per cent (range 0.04-0.07%). The estimated number of AIDS cases is 85,000 (range 80,000-90,000). The estimated new HIV infection in 2007 are 50,000 (range 40,000-60,000) and there are estimated 20,000 AIDS-related deaths (range 15,000-25,000). Among the living HIV positives, 40.6 per cent were infected through heterosexual transmission.