BEIJING, June 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, called on people from all walks of life in all countries to join hands and take action to prevent and treat AIDS and Empower tuberculosis (TB) to benefit all of humanity and build a global community of health for all.
Peng, who is also the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ambassador for tuberculosis and HIV / AIDS, spoke via video link on Monday at the opening ceremony of a special high-level event on the sidelines of the United Nations high-level meeting on AIDS.
The event was intended to provide a platform for WHO member states to reaffirm their commitment to ending tuberculosis deaths among people living with HIV and to advise on how to step up the response to HIV-associated tuberculosis in the context of COVID-19.
Peng said the global fight against AIDS and TB in recent years has achieved remarkable results thanks to the concerted efforts of the international community.
China has gradually built a collaborative mechanism between AIDS and TB prevention and control institutions, she said. The country has kept the prevalence of AIDS low, and in the past 20 years the incidence of TB has decreased by more than 40 percent and the death rate has decreased by more than 70 percent.
These achievements were made thanks to the attention of the Chinese government, the efforts of the medical staff, and the silent contributions of the volunteers, she said.
Peng also shared some touching stories and expressed her respect for people and volunteers around the world who have helped prevent and treat the diseases.
Major communicable diseases are among the common challenges facing humanity, and it is people’s common desire to end the threat of AIDS and TB, Peng said.
She added that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought further disease containment challenges and called for global efforts to protect lives and move forward.