UNICEF Director Calls on China to Expand HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment Efforts
February 24, 2005
China needs to expand its response to the country's burgeoning HIV/AIDS epidemic and focus more on HIV prevention and treatment efforts, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a speech in Beijing on Thursday, Reuters reports. Bellamy said, "I think China has at least broken through the silence barrier," adding that the country now must "take AIDS on as a China-wide challenge" (Reuters, 2/24). China has had a "breakthrough" in realizing that HIV/AIDS is a "real problem" in the country, Bellamy said, adding, "But it needs to be seen as not just in limited populations" (AP/Yahoo! News, 2/24). She also said that "prevention, services, information and treatment are all remaining challenges for China." Bellamy also urged the government to step up efforts to ensure a clean blood supply and to prevent cross-border transmission of HIV (Reuters, 2/24). Bellamy also addressed childhood diseases in China, saying that while polio and hepatitis B have been brought under control, infant mortality rates and HIV/AIDS remain critical issues in the country (AP/Yahoo! News, 2/24). "I sincerely believe that most people do not really comprehend just how many young lives have been transformed for the worse by HIV/AIDS and how many millions more are under threat," she said, adding, "HIV/AIDS has redefined childhood illness" (Reuters, 2/24).
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