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Helping in China

Helping Earthquake-Affected Communities Recover

In the aftermath of the May 2008 earthquake, which killed nearly 70,000 people and left more than 15 million people homeless, the American Red Cross has been working to assist the China Red Cross with recovery and reconstruction efforts in Sichuan Province. By supporting the reconstruction of rural homes using earthquake-resistant construction techniques, the American Red Cross is helping minimize casualties in future earthquakes. In addition, the American Red Cross is working with the China Red Cross to rehabilitate village water supply systems in seven towns and improve community disaster preparedness knowledge and skills to mitigate and plan for future risks.

Preventing the Spread of HIV/AIDS

The HIV epidemic in China is growing – recent projections indicate that there are about 740,000 people living with HIV in China, though given the social stigma associated with the disease, the actual figure is widely assumed to be much higher. Public knowledge about HIV and AIDS remains quite low and it is culturally challenging to discuss this issue openly. To address this growing problem, the American Red Cross has been working with the Chinese Red Cross since mid-2010 to reduce high-risk behaviors associated with HIV transmission and to enable people living with HIV in China to live a healthier life. As part of broader national HIV interventions, the Red Cross is launching an HIV program to reach high-risk segments of Chinese, focusing on outreach and HIV prevention education for female commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men and university students. The Red Cross will also conduct large awareness campaigns aimed at the general public. The Red Cross hopes to reach more than 120,000 people through these activities.