PEKING, 9. June 2021 / PRNewswire / – Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping and World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV / AIDS, videolinked on Monday at the opening of a WHO session on Ending Tuberculosis Deaths in People with HIV “: Getting things moving.”
Peng said that thanks to the combined efforts of the international community, the prevention and treatment of AIDS and tuberculosis around the world has achieved remarkable results in recent years.
China has gradually established a cooperation mechanism between institutions for the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis and AIDS, said Peng. She said China has consistently controlled AIDS at low epidemic levels and the incidence and death rates from tuberculosis have decreased by more than 40 percent and 70 percent, respectively, over the past 20 years.
These achievements have benefited from the great attention of the Chinese government, the tireless efforts of the medical staff, and the efforts of the volunteers, she said.
Peng shared some of the touching stories she experienced during the process with the participants.
Peng said the major infectious diseases are a common challenge to humanity and it is people’s common desire to eradicate the threat of AIDS and tuberculosis.
Peng noted that COVID-19 posed additional challenges for the prevention and treatment of AIDS and tuberculosis. She called for a concerted effort by the international community to save lives and move forward.
She also called on people from all walks of life to join hands to improve the prevention and treatment of AIDS and tuberculosis and to make efforts to build a global community of health for all.