The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is to launch a
joint country program on HIV/AIDS in China, to integrate the
activities of various UN agencies within a common plan, a leading
UNDP representative said in Guangzhou.
Called the "UN Joint Country Program on HIV/AIDS in China", the
program aims to provide continuous support for China's Five-Year
Action Plan for HIV/AIDS, Khalid Malik, the UNDP's resident
representative in China, said.
He was speaking during a recent visit to Guangzhou, the capital
of south China's Guangdong Province.
China announced its national five-year (2006-10) plan for the
control of AIDS last year.
At the local level, the UN will provide support to a number of
provinces to bolster efforts and complement other external
agencies. It will also provide a link between local actions and the
national elements of the joint country program, Malik said.
"Over the past decade, UN agencies in China have played a
significant role with respect to promoting national advocacy,
policy and planning in the field of HIV/AIDS," Malik said.
According to sources with the Ministry of Health, the confirmed
number of Chinese living with HIV/AIDS at the end of April was
In May 2003, China launched the "China Care" program in selected
counties in 25 provinces with the aim to build a strong care and
support mechanism for people living with HIV/AIDS.
"But in many of the counties there is a severe lack of capacity
for counseling, so progress with the treatment is slow. Also many
unforeseen obstacles are being encountered, such as people dropping
out of the program because they are not getting proper advice from
the doctors," Malik said.
As a result, the UN's HIV/AIDS programs have been aimed at
facilitating China's efforts in the war on fighting the disease,
Early in 2005, the UNDP launched the Program Acceleration Funds
(PAF) in Guangdong, which was designed to assist the UN Theme Group
in playing a facilitating role in advancing the scope, scale and
effectiveness of the country's response to HIV/AIDS.
According to Malik, the national budget for HIV/AIDS has grown
from approximately US$12.5 million in 2002 to about US$185 million
(China Daily June 19, 2007)