UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe is praising China's success in tackling HIV/AIDS and suggesting that other countries could benefit from its experiences. View Full Article
UNAIDS data show China has seen a 60 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths during the past eight years. Meanwhile, new HIV cases in China declined from 70,000 annually in 2005 to around 48,000 in 2011, the health ministry reports.
"We have seen progress in terms of new infections," said Sidibe. "The number of people going into treatment is increasing, and the mortality rate is going down very quickly in China."
"However, China's success will not only be measured by what it has done for the Chinese people," Sidibe said. The political leadership and commitment to AIDS control shown by the government is a lesson for the developing world, particularly Africa, he said. A partnership between China and Africa could make a "big, big difference," in terms of introducing new technology and perspectives, he noted.
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