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Chinese envoy lauds Kenyan First Lady’s health initiative

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Sun Baohong on Thursday commended Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for her vision of advocating for quality healthcare for the citizens, especially women and children.

Sun said China has been impressed by the work of the First Lady and that China is ready to scale up its partnership with the Beyond Zero Initiative to achieve the organization’s goals.

Sun who briefed the First Lady on the forthcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Beijing in September also pledged to offer support by facilitating the training of midwives to boost maternity services.

The theme of meeting be to hosted by the Chinese First Lady will be “The AIDS Prevention and Control Advocacy” and will be held on 4th of September.

Sun said Margaret’s consistent leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS is known worldwide and that her commitment towards elimination of mother-to-child transmission of the HIV virus sets a good example that should be emulated by other nations.

Speaking during the meeting, the First Lady expressed her gratitude to the Chinese envoy, saying for the last four years the embassy has been a strong supporter of the Beyond Zero campaign.

She singled out various medical equipment which the Beyond Zero has received including the most recent specialized medical equipment worth 150,000 U.S. dollars.

The specialized pieces of medical equipment, which included infusion pumps and microinjection pumps, were donated during the launch of the second strategic plan for the ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative and are installed in six health facilities in Nairobi and Tana River counties.

“We thank you for what you have done in the past and look forward for more collaboration. I also look forward for the visit to China and present my views on the HIV/AIDS,” said the First Lady.

             

 

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