Target: Mao Qun’an, Spokesman for the Health Ministry of China
Goal: Thank the Health Ministry of China for promising to provide medical care for an HIV-positive boy
Recently, the Health Ministry of China has been recognized for promising to provide medical care for an eight-year-old boy who tested HIV-positive. Kunkun, the pseudo name given to the young boy by the media, was in danger of expulsion from his village in Sichuan province when around 200 village residents signed a petition to have Kunkun removed to “protect villagers’ health.” The list of signers included Kunkun’s own grandfather. After hearing about this deplorable act, the Health Ministry of China acted to prevent Kunkun from this cruel removal from his village and pledged to give him medical treatment, education, and a livable allowance.
Kunkun contracted HIV from his mother while she was pregnant with him, and was diagnosed when he was five years old. Both of Kunkun’s parents left him while he was still young, and he was placed in the care of his grandparents. Ever since he was diagnosed with HIV, Kunkun’s grandparents have had trouble finding a school that would admit him. The villagers isolated Kunkun as they were afraid of contracting HIV, and the other village children were discouraged from interacting with him.
The Health Ministry expressed the need for residents in rural areas to receive better health education, as the villagers were afraid of contracting HIV and AIDS just by interacting with Kunkun. The discrimination against individuals with HIV and AIDS is a rampant issue in China, and the Health Ministry is looking to carry out checks throughout the country for violations of anti-discrimination policies.
By signing the petition below, you are praising the Health Ministry of China for promising to provide much needed medical care and education to Kunkun, and for pursuing better education for Chinese residents. The expelling of an individual from his hometown for testing positive for HIV is simply inexcusable, and the education of the general public may help decrease the chance of such an act from occurring.
Dear Mao Qun’an,
Tens of millions of individuals live with HIV or AIDS throughout the world, and these individuals need adequate medical care. Hearing about the petition to expel eight-year-old Kunkun from his hometown in China was quite shocking. Individuals with HIV or AIDS should not have to deal with such ill-treatment, and should have their human rights recognized. Additionally, people should be better educated in health affairs to prevent such discrimination.
Thank you again for promising to provide Kunkun with much needed medical treatment and education. The expulsion of Kunkun from his village is deplorable, and focusing on this issue, in addition to providing medical treatment, will no doubt provide the resources necessary for Kunkun to live a healthy life.
Please continue to educate the public on health affairs to help ensure that this sort of incident does not occur again.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Brendon Connelly via Wikimedia Commons