Initiatives to Combat Global AIDS Epidemic

In January, 2003, President George W. Bush officially appointed Dr. Jane Hu to be Presidential Advisory Council Member on HIV/AIDS. In January, 2003, Foundation Chairlady of the China Foundation Dr. Jane Hu, in partnership with her colleagues, adopted a policy recommendation to President George W. Bush regarding providing financial and technical assistance to combat AIDS epidemic in Asia, as well as other deprived areas such as Africa. President Bush's Initiative on Combating HIV/AIDS -- In January, 2003, President George W. Bush went to the Congress to request a substantial financial and technical assistance to combat AIDS worldwide. In May, 2003, President George W. Bush announced that, due to an enthusiastic response from the Congress, he intend to sign into law to offer the US contribution of 15 billions to combat AIDS worldwide. Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in which the Foundation Chair Dr. Hu is a Member applauded President Bush and the US Congress for their compassionate efforts.
In January 2003,
	    President George Bush appointed Dr. Jane Hu as Presidential Advisory Council
	    Member on HIV/AIDS.
In January 2003, President George Bush appointed Dr. Jane Hu as Presidential Advisory Council Member on HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Jane Hu in the Swear-in Ceremony as Presidential Advisory Council Member on HIV/AIDS
Dr. Jane Hu was with US Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Claude Allen (right) in the Swear-in Ceremony.

Joint Projects on HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention -- The China Foundation works closely with USCDC/China, China CDC, China's Ministry of Health, and the World Bank represented by the Foreign Loan Office at China's Ministry of Health on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in recent years. In September 2004, Dr. Jane Hu invited the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to China to do a joint project for HIV testing, AIDS treatment and training of health professionals. Dr. Hu signed an official Memoranda of Cooperation with the Foreign Loan Office of China's Ministry of Health (representing the World Bank and the Ministry of Health), Shanxi Provincial Health Bureau and Yuncheng City Health Bureau and China's CDC. The Memoranda was to set up the HIV testing, AIDS treatment and training project in Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province where serious HIV/AIDS epidemic was caused by blood selling of poor villagers. Dr. Hu also met with Dr. Ray Yip, Director of USCDC/China who is a Senior Advisor on HIV/AIDS of the China Foundation and Dr. Zhang Fu-jie of China CDC. They both will be very cooperative and enthusiastic to work with us to make AIDS drugs available to children in China. Press Conference will be held at the US Senate on November 30, 2004 to launch the joint HIV/AIDS project. A Press Conference and Opening Ceremony will also be held in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province simultaneous on December 1 (International AIDS Day), 2004 hosted by Shanxi Provincial Health Bureau.

At the present time, there is no AIDS drugs available for children in China. Dr. Jane Hu is working with Dr. Ram Yogev, Senior Advisor on Pediatric AIDS and Dr. Ray Yip, Senior Advisor on HIV/AIDS of the China Foundation to design effective AIDS drug combinations for pediatric AIDS patients and for prevention of vertical transmission from Mother to Child. These drug combinations will be developed and clinically teated at the AIDS Treatment Center in Yuncheng City, Shanxi Province and in Yunan Province. The China Foundation is seeking humanitarian contributions of $100,000 per year for two years to make these drugs available in China. The Chinese Government will purchase generic drugs made in China and patented drugs to make AIDS drug combinations developed by the China Foundation for children in China. All children with AIDS will have effective drugs to save their lives in China as a result of our low cost project.

Currently, Yuncheng AIDS Treatment Center needs HIV testing kits for the spouses and children of blood sellers. The HIV testing kits for blood sellers are available and 17,000 blood sellers are being tested for HIV/AIDS at the present time. A sample testing of 1000 people showed that more than 38% of the blood sellers were infected by HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that $10,000 is needed to purchase HIV testing kits at discount price. Contributions and support are urgently needed to test women and children of the blood sellers' families.
Visited AIDS Patients at Wenxi County
Dr. Hu visited AIDS patients at the Warm Heart Home in Wenxi County, Shanxi Province.