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Peng Liyuan among first ladies against HIV/AIDS

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12-06-2015 05:42 BJT

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The meeting of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS, was held in Johannesburg during the two-day China-Africa Forum. China's first lady, Peng Liyuan, was among the attendees. The organization is a coalition of 40 African first ladies who have joined forces in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, attends an anti-AIDS advocacy activity in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 5, 2015. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, attends an anti-AIDS advocacy activity in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 5, 2015. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

The United Nations says the world has made significant advances in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, since the discovery of the virus in 1984. But it remains a challenge to global public health, affecting some 36.9 million people.

Peng has been a campaigner in fighting HIV/AIDS. She is the Goodwill ambassador for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis of the World Heath Organization. at the meeting, Peng announced what China will do in this respect.

"China has always actively supported African countries in anti-HIV/AIDS work. I'm glad to tell you that we will welcome 30 African kids to attend a summer camp in China, and hold a workshop on HIV/AIDS prevention and control in Africa,” Peng said.

“China is willing to mobilize civil organizations to provide funding, and support UNAIDS and the World Health Organization in their work in anti HIV/AIDS in Africa. We will also support medical infrastructure building in Africa, and projects of women and children health.

“I believe as long as every country and the International Community can work together, the dream of zero death and zero infection of HIV/AIDS will be realized one day."

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