•Premier Li Keqiang said that the government has decided to promote several measures to prevent and treat the epidemic, as these measures are technically mature, have significant social benefit and their costs can be controlled. He said these measures will be implemented around China by the end of 2015, and the government is trying its best to achieve the goal of “getting to zero” first with children. He made the comments ahead of World AIDS Day on Dec 1, 2014.
He also said the government is working to set up a fund as soon as possible for social organizations to help prevent and treat the epidemic, and is improving tax reduction policies concerning social organizations involved in this battle.
• Ahead of World AIDS Day in 2013, Premier Li Keqiang wrote a letter to Beijing You An Hospital, saying that relevant departments should carry out reform and innovation, purchase services from social organizations — and provide support to such organizations so that more of them will participate in efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS.
• On Nov 26, 2012, Li — then vice-premier — met representatives of social organizations and international organizations involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Li said that throughout history people have worked together to defeat many major epidemics, such as smallpox, and definitely have the wisdom and power to defeat HIV/AIDS.
• On Nov 18, 2011, Li visited the Beijing Center for Diseases Prevention and Control, where he talked with medical workers, volunteers working with social organizations, and people infected with HIV. He said relevant parties should aim to prevent and treat the epidemic in a legal, scientific, comprehensive and orderly manner, and take more active and forceful measures to win the long battle against AIDS.
• On Nov 22, 2010, Li said the authorities should effectively implement the national policy that provides free anti-viral treatment to people infected with HIV, and strengthen treatment of opportunistic infections in HIV-infected patients, so as to reduce the suffering of AIDS patients and increase their life expectancy.
During a visit to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Li also said that the authorities should offer more supplies to AIDS patients and their families, and should ensure the daily necessities of children affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as their right to education and healthcare services.