CDC Opens Global AIDS Program Office in China; Will Work With Local Authorities to Fight Epidemic
October 21, 2003
The CDC on Monday opened an office in China that will work with local authorities to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country, the Business Daily Update reports (Business Daily Update, 10/21). China's program is the newest of the 25 country programs set up by the CDC under its Global AIDS Program, which was established three years ago (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 10/20). In a statement, the CDC said that the new office will seek to "garner greater national and local government commitment for fighting HIV/AIDS, to strengthen Chinese efforts in HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and to aid the containment of localized HIV/AIDS epidemics" (Agence France-Presse, 10/20). The program -- which will work in 56 counties in seven Chinese provinces -- will bring $15 million to the country's AIDS prevention and treatment efforts over the next five years, China Daily reports (Feng, China Daily, 10/21). Experts estimate that there are more than one million HIV-positive people in China, but the number of cases reported may be lower than the actual number of cases (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 10/20).
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