People living with HIV/AIDS in China face difficulties accessing the necessary care.
Although the prevalence of HIV in China is low, providing an adequate response to people needing treatment remains a challenge. China initiated the ‘Four Frees and One Care’ policy in December 2003, providing HIV counselling and testing, antiretroviral treatment, prevention of mother- to-child transmission and schooling for children orphaned by AIDS, all free of charge, but many people with the disease have not benefited from these measures. According to the Ministry of Health, some regions and departments are not sufficiently concerned with HIV, and there is still widespread discrimination and stigma. A Chinese NGO, Aids Care China (ACC), is developing quality care and treatment through private clinics, hoping to show the impact this can have on people’s health and influence reforms that will make care more widely available. In October 2011, at the request of ACC, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started supporting a clinic near the China– Myanmar border in Jiegao, Yunnan province, where there are high numbers of Chinese and Burmese injecting drug users with HIV or HIV–TB and HIV–hepatitis C co-infection. In September, a four-person MSF team began providing medical expertise and staff management under a one-year agreement.
Flooding in Guangxi
In August, more than 127,000 people were affected by flooding and a landslide in Guiping, Guangxi province. MSF distributed ygiene kits, buckets, plastic sheeting and mosquito nets to 950 households.
No. staff end 2013: 5 | Year MSF first worked in the country: 1989