China, Lesotho Join Hands in Combating HIV/AIDS
January 24, 2008
In Beijing on Wednesday, Lesotho's ambassador asked China to send more medical assistance to his homeland, a landlocked African kingdom whose HIV prevalence is estimated at 26 percent. Fifteen Chinese physicians are currently deployed to Lesotho, and "people are in great need of their services," said Anthony Thibeli. Still, he said, "We need more support from China." The decline in Lesotho's HIV rate, the figure was formerly 31 percent, is credited to introduction of voluntary testing and the availability of free counseling and treatment. China began sending medical workers to Lesotho in 1997.
Xinhua News Agency
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