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.