China will continue to pool together its resources from the
ground up in its battle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic,
Vice-Minister of Health Wang Longde said Tuesday.
Grassroots organizations have to be mobilized to the fullest
extent to get AIDS under control, Wang said after receiving a UNAID
award acknowledging his leadership in China's fight against the
"My award owes to the government's policy to make AIDS
containment a priority in China," he said.
Another UNAID award went to Professor Zhang Beichuan with
Qingdao University, China's leading scholar in the field of studies
in homosexuality, for his ground-breaking work in raising HIV
awareness among men who have sex with men (MSM).
Wang said: "In a sense, grassroots organizations committed to
HIV/AIDS response and control are better received than the
government by high-risk groups and are an indispensable force in
the war against the deadly disease."
UNAIDS executive director Dr Peter Piot, on a weeklong visit to
China said joint efforts of different social forces, primarily
civil societies, were crucial for a successful war against
"China might just be turning the corner on AIDS hence
sustainable leadership, funds, and efforts are of great
importance," Piot said.
He also expressed his hope for wider treatment coverage,
higher data transparency and less social discrimination in China's
fight against AIDS.
A new "UN joint program on AIDS" has been launched to enhance
coordination with the Chinese government, Piot said.
(China Daily July 18, 2007)