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Millennium Development Goals
Goal 6: Aids & malaria
Goal 6: Combat HIV/Aids and malaria

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases


Target 7:

Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Target 8:

Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.

Case study: Henan province, China

By end of 2002, the China Ministry of Health estimated that there might have been more than 1 million HIV/Aids cases in China.

In 2003 a joint assessment was carried out by the UN Theme Group on HIV/Aids and the China Ministry of Health.


As part of a 10-part series on Aids in China, the BBC Chinese Service travelled to a village in the province of Henan, where large numbers of people have been infected with HIV from donating blood. One man tells his story.

"One donation was 500cc of blood. Every donation could bring forty to fifty yuan.

"The money was used for children's schooling, for feeding the family, for fertilizer and planting on the land, and for building the house.

"I donated blood, so did my wife.

"I found out I was HIV positive three years ago. I was unwell. At the time everybody was scared, and we all went for tests.

"The government conducted an investigation and found out that 80% of the people in our village were infected.

"My wife and I have six children. I have three, she has three. The children are all right. They are all healthy.

"In the first two years people in the village stopped having anything to do with us. All relatives and friends avoided us. We were cut off as outcasts. They wouldn't touch or eat anything we offered them. They wouldn't come and visit us.

"The situation has become better this year. Things have calmed down a bit because people now know the disease is not contagious."
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