Bridging Gaps in China: an Interview with Michael Hermann
Michael Hermann, Humana People to People’s China representative, talks to CDB about his organization’s work in rural Yunnan, China’s efforts to eliminate poverty, the Overseas NGO Law and much more in this wide-ranging interview.
AIDS in China: More than an epidemic
Since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in China, people’s cognitions towards HIV/AIDS have varied over time yet one thing remains the same, that is the otherization of the group with HIV. The discussions about HIV/AIDS have gone far beyond its scale as a physiological disease and has turned into a social debate, which intensifies the public’s fear of HIV/AIDS and widens the distance between the HIV carriers and mainstream society. When HIV was brought to China by an Argentinian traveler in 1985, the People’s Daily published a series of reports related to HIV/AIDS and described AIDS as a “contagious cancer” from the West. From 1985 to 1999, AIDS was …read more
Zero discrimination day aims to curb discrimination towards HIV/AIDS sufferers
March 1 has been appointed by UNAIDS as International Zero Discrimination Day, aiming to combat discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS. The day was first launched in 2014 with a major event in Beijing. China’s Center for Disease Control reports that those living with HIV/AIDS in the country amount to over 6 million, the main form of transmission being sexual contact. The center also estimates that between 2010 and 2016, cases of HIV infection among older men increased more than threefold. While unawareness of the disease is a factor in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among them, another great factor is the widespread discrimination they face. China’s longest surviving man living …read more
Chinese medical institutions no longer allowed to reject HIV-positive patients
According to the “Thirteenth Five-Year Action Plan for Containing and Curing AIDS”, published recently by the General Office of the State Council, medical and sanitary institutes must strengthen their first diagnosis responsibility system by accepting all patients regardless of their AIDS status. In addition, the Action Plan points out hurdles in tackling the spread of AIDS in China, which include identifying AIDS patients, eradicating the use of drugs through injection, decreasing prenatal and blood transfusion infections and confronting social discrimination towards HIV-positive people. Additionally, the Action Plan points out that there are still many undiscovered HIV-positive people, most likely because of an increase in infections among homosexuals, a surge of infections among young adults and …read more
Chinese and African youth fight together against AIDS
A charitable activity entitled “working together, promoting friendship and creating a better future” was held in the Affiliated High School of Peking University on October 31st. The event was organized by the China-Africa Business Council and the China Social Assistance Foundation’s “Increase Love, Reduce AIDS” fund. Its stated aim was to encourage African and Chinese teenagers to go forward hand in hand and create a bright future together. The first lady of Malawi Gertrude Mutharika, the ambassador of UNAIDS Su Kailin and the secretary general of the China-Africa Business Council Wang Xiaoyong all attended. The first lady of Malawi, who is also the vice-chairwoman of the Organization of African First Ladies Against …read more
Range of free antiviral therapy for people with AIDS expanded by the Chinese government
Yesterday, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China announced that following the latest technical standards published by the WTO and the suggestions made by domestic experts, it has decided to adapt the standard of free antiviral therapy offered to people with AIDS and further expand the treatment’s coverage. The National Health and Family Planning Commission recommends that all AIDS-infected people and patients receive antiviral therapy. However, free antiviral therapy should be administered under the principle of voluntariness and the premise of pre-treatment consultation. The relevant medical organizations ought to try and eliminate the contraindications of antiviral therapy and not force people with AIDS to receive the therapy. They …read more
NHFPC requires schools to build AIDS epidemic reporting system
Due to an increase in HIV/AIDS infection among students, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) recently published a Notice to ask schools to build AIDS epidemic reporting systems (关于建立疫情通报制度 进一步加强学校艾滋病防控工作的通知) and requires schools to organize consultations to analyze reasons for epidemics and ways of controlling them.
New government HIV/AIDS fund to support social organizations
At the end of July The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) released the “Notice on the Establishment of the Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention by Social Organizations” (关于建立社会组织参与艾滋病防治基金的通知) after the Fund had been approved by the State Council. At the same time the Commission also made public the “Interim Measures on the Management of the Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention by Social Organizations (社会组织参与艾滋病防治基金管理办法（暂行）), according to which social organizations (社会组织) registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, as well as “organizations in social organization incubator bases” (社会组织培训基地) that have been established by the departments of civil affairs and family planning, can now apply to the Fund to support their HIV/AIDS programs.
UNAIDS commentary on the draft Overseas NGO Management Law
UNAIDS China office points out the effect of NGO Management Law on the future of AIDS control in China.
Which Path should Marginalized Chinese Women’s NGOs follow?
CDB’s Guo Ting analyzes the landscape of marginalized Chinese women’s NGOs, including those helping female sex workers and lesbian communities.
PLHIV Xiao Jian: “To live like a normal person is enough”
Today (1st December 2014) is the 27th World AIDS Day. This article is about Xiao Jian (alias), a 36 year old PLHIV living in Shanghai who was first diagnosed in 2008.
A Tale of two Chinas: AIDS then & now
Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China, talks about the progress China has made fighting AIDS over the past 15 years.
Ma Zhengzhou: An AIDS Relief Practitioner on the Frontline
As part of her series on NGOs in Anhui, Guo Ting tells the bittersweet story of an AIDS relief practitioner’s ultimately successful efforts to set up a Chi Heng Foundation office in Anhui province, register it as a NGO and deliver financial assistance to HIV-infected families in the area.
Guizhou refuses again to register an AIDS employment discrimination case
An HIV positive teacher’s anti-discrimination case is refused by a Guizhou court.
First AIDS employment discrimination case in Jiangsu: defendent receives 40,000 yuan compensation
On October 9th, the author has learned through public interest NGO Justice for all (Tianxiagong) that the case involving an HIV carrier, Chen Xin (pseudonym), being denied employment by a government body had come to a result.
World AIDS conference Chinese award winner’s survey discovers Kunming young women are threatened
Zhang Xudong’s study on the reproductive health of young sex workers in Kunming received the “Women, Girls and HIV Investigator” prize. This is the first time a Chinese researcher has received this award.