All change in China: AIDS Care joins the Alliance

We are proud of our achievements in China over the past ten years. The Alliance China country office has occupied a valued role in the response to HIV, with a particular focus on building the capacity of community organisations. It has supported well over 100 groups and networks of people living with HIV, sex workers, men who have sex with men, and people who inject drugs, in the three south western provinces of Yunnan, Guangxi and Sichuan.

But the time has come for change. We have closed our China country office in Kunming, in line with our global strategy to build sustainable community -based organisations. Now the Alliance is delighted to welcome AIDS Care China as our newest Linking Organisation. We look forward to building on the work of our previous country office in China to contribute to the HIV response in China.

Grace Lo, Country Director of Alliance China, said: “Alliance China’s legacy will live on in their community-based approach and commitment to involving key populations in the HIV response. Their close work with the China Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the Chinese Association of Sexually Transmitted Disease and AIDS Prevention and Control, Methadone Maintenance Treatment clinics and other community based groups is widely recognised.”

“We joined the Alliance because we believe it will help us to become better structured for future development."

— Thomas Cai, Executive Director of ACC 

Welcome to AIDS Care China

We are keen to preserve the legacy of our work through our new partnership with AIDS Care China (ACC). You can read more about their work here .

In order to join the Alliance, ACC went through the accreditation process which is designed to guarantee quality across the Alliance. An accredited Alliance Linking Organisation must meet high institutional and programmatic standards, as assessed by peer review. ACC’s board of trustees has been involved in this process.

Thomas Cai, Executive Director of ACC said, “We joined the Alliance because we believe it will help us to become better structured for future development. It is a platform that will introduce us to a broader market and support our learning and knowledge sharing.”

AIDS Care China has signed our Charter and Linking Agreement which describes the Alliance, how it works, what its values and commitments are, and how these will be honoured. It also outlines how all organisations will work together while remaining independent of each other.

Ted Nierras, Regional Manager for Asia and Eastern Europe, “We wish our former partners and staff all the best in their future endeavours. We also thank our donors for their support. We look forward to continuing to support the community-based response to HIV in China through our new partnership with ACC.”