China Must 'Shoulder More Responsibility' in Dealing With HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS poster in China. (Tricia Wang 王圣捷/Flickr)

China must be more responsive and responsible with outside aid for AIDS, according to an Asian Correspondent article by Asia Society Associate Fellow Jia Ping.

"The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to China in May, reportedly due to insufficient participation by civil society organizations in program implementation, inadequate financial management and possible misuse of grant funds," Jia wrote.

According to Jia, aid money was held up by a combination of management problems within Chinese non-governmental organizations, a failure to understand the Chinese governance by The Global Fund and miscommunication between both the Fund and the Chinese.

"China needs to shoulder more responsibility when dealing with challenges that have international dimensions like AIDS and HIV," Jia wrote, "as investing in public health is equivalent to investing in its own future."

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