The program elements compliment the Chinese government's national plan for HIV/AIDS prevention and control and include: general disease awareness and education, prevention work within high-risk groups, such as intravenous drug users and commercial sex workers, provision of care and treatment and programs to reverse the social and economic impact of the disease through job skills training.
"China's HIV/AIDS epidemic is starting to move from high-risk groups to the general population. Merck's commitment to tackle HIV/AIDS among drug users and sex workers presents a unique opportunity for China and shows that companies don't need to shy away from HIV/AIDS prevention programs in countries where the epidemic is still centered on these groups," said Trevor Neilson, GBC's executive director.
Merck's announcement is being made after Chinese Vice Premier Madame Wu Yi's recent call on Chinese and international companies to take action to stem the country's developing HIV/AIDS epidemic. GBC will make further announcements of definite company commitments to fight AIDS in China on May 16, 2005 in Beijing.
About the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC)
The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC) is the pre-eminent organization leading the business fight against HIV/AIDS. The rapidly-expanding alliance of 200 international companies is dedicated to combating the AIDS epidemic through the business sector's unique skills and expertise. The mission of the GBC is to harness the power of the global business community to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. For more information, please visit the GBC website at www.businessfightsaids.org, the leading global resource of company AIDS programs and hub of information relevant to business concerned about AIDS.
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