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Visit to China, 7-12 September 2006

12 September 2006

UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot visited China from 7 – 12 September to encourage continued leadership and commitment and to mobilize a multi-sectoral response to AIDS. As part of his visit, Dr Piot took part in a three-day mission to the southwestern province of Guizhou, where he saw progress made in trying to prevent the spread of HIV among drug users. Among other sites, the Executive Director visited a drug detoxification centre and a methadone maintenance treatment centre in the county of Zhijin in Guizhou province. In Beijing from 10-12 September, Dr Piot met with people living with HIV, migrant workers, representatives of the business community, ambassadors of donor countries, NGO and UN staff, Chinese Goodwill Ambassadors and government officials. In addition, the Executive Director addressed the regional meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an event during the World Economic Forum China Business Summit, and launched a campaign for children and AIDS in China. Meetings were also held with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Public Security and the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Dr Piot ended his five day visit to China with a meeting with Ms He Luli, Vice Chair of the National People's Congress. Credits: UNAIDS/Li Mingfang World Economic Forum/Global Health Initiative