The advances in the response to HIV have been unprecedented. In South Africa in 2000, just 90 people had access to antiretroviral therapy. Today, South Africa has the largest treatment programme in the world, with 4.2 million people living with HIV in the country now on treatment. We have exceeded global targets and today around the world 20.9 million people have access to life-saving HIV medicines.
China and Africa have come together to find new ways of improving access to health care. More than 30 Ministers of Health from across Africa joined the Vice-Premier of China Liu Yandong, and the Chinese Minister of National Health and Family Planning Commission Li Bin at the China-Africa Ministerial Conference on Health Cooperation. The event was held in Pretoria, South Africa on April 24 under the theme China-Africa Health Cooperation, From Commitments to Actions.
In the lead-up to the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, the UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, visited the headquarters of the Chinese news agency Xinhua, where he was interviewed on television.
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 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.