Directory charts rapid growth of HIV/AIDS organisations
Civil Society | Health
A ‘Directory of HIV/AIDS NGOs in China’ profiling 101 civil society organisations and projects working in the field of AIDS prevention, treatment, advocacy and care was published at the end of June by the ZhiAiXing Health Information and Consultancy Centre (formerly the AiZhiXing Health Education Institute), led by renowned AIDS activist, Wan Yanhai.
The profiled organisations range from well-established, national-level professional groups such as the China Association of STD/AIDS Prevention and Control to village-level self-help groups in rural areas affected by AIDS, gay and lesbian information services and telephone hotlines and a number of nascent service providers fostered by international aid projects and embedded in agencies such as the local Red Cross societies. ZhiAiXing itself appears as main sponsor of a network of small, young organisations.
Entries are divided into eleven categories: ‘help and care for children’ (six groups); ‘small groups of people living with HIV/AIDS’ (22); ‘haemophiliac groups’ (10); ‘same sex love groups’ (28); ‘religious organisations’ (4); ‘women’s organisations’ (2); ‘drug users’ and sex workers’ organisations’ (3); ‘migrant workers’ organisations’ (2); ‘reproductive health’ (1); ‘students’ organisations’ (17) and ‘GONGOs’ (6).
Each entry includes contact details, the date of establishment, number of staff, annual budget, main funding sources, registration status, mission statement, and short statements giving a brief history and describing the main areas of work and activities.
Chinese is the main language of the directory, but the great majority of entries have at least some information in English, with occasional orthographical infelicities, such as ‘Red Ribbon’ being transposed to ‘Red Robbin’.
The directory was edited by Ms. Cai Lingping, who previously worked as a staff writer on the Chinese language edition of China Development Brief.
Report by Nick Young, July 5 2005