Bat­tling AIDS

China Daily (USA) - - 1 - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

First lady Peng Liyuan and her Malaw­ian coun­ter­part, Gertrude Mutharika, agreed on Tues­day in Bei­jing to work to­gether to fight AIDS in Africa.

China’s first lady Peng Liyuan and her Malaw­ian coun­ter­part, Gertrude Mutharika, both known for their de­vo­tion to char­ity, agreed on Tues­day in Bei­jing to work to­gether to fight AIDS in Africa.

China and African coun­tries have made progress in fight­ing AIDS with their joint ef­forts, and China would like to share ex­pe­ri­ences with African coun­tries in­clud­ing Malawi, Peng told Mutharika, who is also vi­cepres­i­dent of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of African First Ladies Against HIV and AIDS.

China will en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tions with re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing the OAFLA to pro­vide help in the fight against AIDS and to ben­e­fit pub­lic health in African coun­tries, Peng said.

Peng’s en­gage­ment in anti-AIDS ef­forts dates to 10 years ago, when she helped chil­dren af­fected by HIV/ AIDS and pro­moted preven­tion mes­sages. She also is the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s good­will am­bas­sador for tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and HIV.

Mutharika ex­pressed grat­i­tude for China’s help and its con­tri­bu­tion to the health of African women and chil­dren and for the anti-AIDS cam­paign.

China has played a pos­i­tive role in the de­vel­op­ment of Malawi, and the two coun­tries have en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion, she said.

On Mon­day, Mutharika at­tended an event at the Af­fil­i­ated High School of Pek­ing Univer­sity, dur­ing which she told the stu­dents about the im­pact of the AIDS epi­demic on African women and chil­dren.

“The OAFLA’s vi­sion is of an Africa free from HIV and AIDS, ma­ter­nal and child mor­tal­ity, where women and chil­dren are em­pow­ered to en­joy equal op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Mutharika said at the event. She added that she looked for­ward to more en­gage­ment with Chi­nese teenagers to ben­e­fit the pub­lic wel­fare of Africa.

On the side­lines of the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, Peng called on Sept 5 for a re­dou­bling of in­ter­na­tional ef­forts against HIV/AIDS.

In July, when a sum­mer camp was launched at the For­bid­den City in Bei­jing, Peng called for more so­cial sup­port for HIV-in­fected chil­dren.

“Along with healthy chil­dren, those suf­fer­ing or af­fected by AIDS are the world’s fu­ture; and re­gard­less of their HIV sta­tus, na­tion­al­ity or color, they de­serve care, sup­port and a happy child­hood,” she said dur­ing the camp.

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