Statements and Webcast
H. E. Dr. Yin Li, Vice Minister of Health
9 June 2011
- Statement: English (Check against delivery)
YIN LI, Vice Minister for Health of China, said his Government was fulfilling its commitments to halt the spread of HIV by providing universal access to prevention measures and treatment, and by eliminating social discrimination. A series of laws, regulations and policy measures had also been introduced as part of a broader mechanism to confront the disease. Through several years’ effort, the spread of the epidemic had slowed, mortality had decreased and the quality of life for those living with HIV had significantly improved.
Expressing support for the UNAIDS “three zeros” campaign, he stressed that, in order to achieve those goals, developed and developing countries needed to face their common challenge together, with the latter making HIV control as important as economic development. The private sector and relevant organizations should shoulder more social responsibility, and more resources should be mobilized. Multinational drug manufacturers should greatly reduce the costs of drugs, testing equipment and reagents. For its part, China was contributing positively to the global struggle, and planned to strengthen Government leadership, multisectoral coordination and participation by the whole society.