Barry & Martin's Trust Annual Prize
The policy of the Trustees is to award the prize to people and institutions all over China who have done excellent work in Aids prevention, treatment and care. Our prize-winners are all selected on the grounds that they have reached out and worked among the affected HIV patients and vulnerable people. In all cases our Trust continues to work with the prize-winners long after the prize is awarded. The prize was first awarded in 2000.
Our first prize, for the year 2000, was awarded to Dr Zhang Beichuan of Qingdao for his work among the MSM community around China , especially developing Aids awareness and prevention among this high risk population. We have supported Dr Zhang Beichuan’s work since 1997 and through him we support MSM groups in many cities around China . These groups cooperate with the local CDC’s.The first ( year 2000) Barry & Martin's Prize winner: Professor Zhang Beichuan (left) of Qingdao Medical School.
Our second prize, for 2001, was awarded to Dr Wang Chun of the Prefectural CDC in Simao , Yunnan for her caring work among Aids patients – “doing an ordinary job in an extraordinary way”. She is a member of the Lahu people.
We continue to work with Dr. Wang Chun and Simao health officials and support their work, including our contribution to the building of a new infectious diseases hospital, support for a factory employing only HIV positive people and support for patients and orphans. Dr. Wang Chun's work was recognised by the central government, which appointed her as one of two representatives from her prefecture to the National Party Conference in Beijing, where she represented the interests of HIV patients and women and minority peoples.
The second (2001) Prize winner: Dr. Wang Chun (middle) of Simao CDC, Yunnan
Our third prize, for 2002 was awarded to Dr Xu Lianzhi of Beijing You’an Hospital for her work among Aids patients in Beijing from the beginning of the epidemic. When Aids first came to China , and the fear of Aids resulted in wide-spread prejudice, Xu Lianzhi visited the patients in their homes and took them in to her hospital’s care. She created within You’an Hospital the “Home of Loving Care” which still reaches out to Aids patients.
The third (2002) prize winner: Professor Xu Lianzhi of Beijing You’an Hospital. This 2015 photo shows her, at over 80, still visiting the patients.
Our 4th prize, in 2003 was awarded to Dr Gui Xien of Zhongnan Hospital , Wuhan University for a lifetime devoted to the treatment of infectious diseases, especially in Qinghai and in recent years with Aids patients in Hubei and Henan . Dr Gui reached out especially to patients who had contracted HIV through blood donations, and he first drew the attention of the authorities to this problem and consistently cared for the victims.
The fourth (2003) prize winner: Professor Gui Xi-en (right) of Wuhan University
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Professor Gui's home not long after he was awarded our prize.
Our 5th prize, in 2004, was awarded to Nurse Wang Kerong of Beijing Ditan Hospital for her work over many years in looking after Aids patients and travelling around China to teach other nurses about Aids care. The prize to Wang Kerong was intended as an encouraging signal to the 1.9 million nurses around China of the importance of nurses in Aids care. We continue to cooperate closely with Wang Kerong and with the Red Ribbon Centre at Beijing Ditan Hospital , for which she is responsible.
The fifth (2004) prize winner: Nurse Wang Kerong of Beijing Ditan Hospital
Our 6th prize, in 2005, was awarded in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, to the CDC Hospital in Urumqi and to the Needle Syringe Programme in Yining City , Yili Prefecture . In both cases the prize reached out to the Uighur minority people of Xinjiang, who have been especially vulnerable to HIV infection through drug use.
Our 2003 prizewinner Dr Gui Xien of Wuhan came up to Urumqi for our prizegiving and he is seen here at centre between the three Uighur volunteers from the Needle Syringe Programme in Yining City, Nuermaimaiti Palitahong, Mushajiang Shateerjiang and Adili Aximu and the director of the CDC Hospital Dr Yang Cheng Xin
Uighur volunteer Adili Aximu makes a speech in the Uighur language at the prizegiving. This is being simultaneously translated into Mandarin Chinese. He told a moving story about how he and other Uighur people in Yili prefecture had taken to drugs and contracted HIV, and the responsibility they felt for their families, and the efforts they were making with the Needle Syringe Programme to prevent infection in others.
Our 7th prize, in 2006, was awarded to Academician Professor Zeng Yi. The prize recognised the work which Professor Zeng Yi had done on Aids education, prevention, treatment and research since the start of the Aids epidemic in America thirty five years ago. This was well before the first cases of Aids in China – and doctors and health officials in China were thus better prepared when the disease arrived. Professor Zeng Yi has remained at the forefront of the battle against Aids. He established the Chinese Foundation for the Prevention of HIV/Aids. He coordinated a key memorandum from the Chinese Academy to the State Council which formed an important element of the Chinese Government’s strategy on the prevention and control of Aids. Professor Zeng Yi has travelled tirelessly to all corners of China , including the poorest people on China ’s borders, explaining Aids education and treatment and combating prejudice.
The seventh (2006) prize winner:
Academician Professor Zeng Yi
Our 8th prize, in 2007, was awarded in Dali Yunnan, to Dr. Zhang Jianbo of Peggy Health Centre/The Second People's Hospital of Dali. Dr. Zhang Jianbo has been looking after HIV/Aids patients for more than 20 years and treating patients without prejudice or discrimination. He was the first doctor outside the big cities to reach out to gays and female sex workers. The Centre has the best rates of adherence and the least mortality of any Aids clinic in China.
Following this award, Dr. Zhang was invited to Beijing to receive the Memorial Prize of the 20th Anniversary of Fighting Aids. This was shown live on China ’s national television CCTV1 on 1 December 2007 – World Aids Day. This photograph is from that television broadcast. Since then, Dr. Zhang has been nominated as a National Model Worker. Our Trust has been working with Dr. Zhang and his colleagues since 1998.
Dr. Zhang Jianbo has created a “Save the Kids Fund” at the Peggy Health Centre and donated his prize money of RMB100,000 to this Fund. Here are Martin and Ming Fang with Julia, our Trust’s adopted daughter, and another friend
Our 9th prize in 2008 was awarded to two gay HIV positive men, who are 'out' about their infection and their sexuality. These were Meng Lin of Beijing and Murong Feng of Baoding, Hebei, who both devote all their time to helping others in China in the same situation.
Our 10th prize in 2009 was awarded to a grass roots doctor in Dehong Prefecture Yunnan, Yin Zuluan; and to Dr Niu Quan Ji of Deng Feng City, Zhengzhou, Henan.
Our 11th prize in 2010 was awarded to Nurse Fu Yan of Beijing You'an Hospital; and to three nurses from Xinjiang, Nurse Awagu Batuer of Kashgar, Nurse Guan Jianping of Urumqi and Nurse Chang Yanlong of Yining City, Yili Prefecture.
Our 12th prize in 2011 was awarded in Chengdu, Sichuan to Madam Wen Xianmin of the Chengdu Contagious Diseases Hospital and Wang Xiaodong of the Chengdu Gay Care Centre.
Our 13th prize in 2012 was awarded to Dr Cai Weiping (second from left below) of the No 8 Infectious Diseases Hospital in Guangzhou. Our Consul General in Guangzhou, Alastair Morgan, is second from right.
Our 14th prize in 2013 was awarded (a) in Tianjin to Dr Gao Yongjun of the City CDC; and to Yang Jie (Gaga) of the leading gay care group Tianjin Shen Lao (Dark Blue) group; and (b) in Guiyang, Guizhou, to Zhang Yan (Pandora) of Zunyi, Li Meiying of the largest HIV and gay group in Guiyang, and Yuan Fei of the Guiyang CDC.
Tianjin. Our prize-winners are seated second and third from right. Novelist Tong Ge is seated second from left.
Pandora's Group in Zunyi, Guizhou
Revolutionary restaurant in Zunyi
Our 15th prize in 2014 was awarded to Dr. Zhao Hongxin, Director of Infection Centre, Beijing Ditan Hospital.
British Deputy Ambassador Andrew Key is standing second from right in rear. At centre of front row is Shen Jie, Secretary General of the China Aids Association.
Our 16th prize in 2015 was awarded in Harbin and Shenyang in China's north east: to Hui Hongtao of the gay group in Harbin, Heilongjiang Kantong working group, and to Wang Kaili and Yan Hongmei of the Heilongjiang CDC; and in Shenyang to Ma Tiecheng of the gay group, together with Lu Chenming of the Liaoning CDC and Gu Yuan and Song Wei of the Shenyang City CDC.
The Beijing Queer Chorus singing at our Shenyang prize-giving
Prize-giving in Harbin
Our prizewinning group in Harbin in May, with the lilac in bloom.
The winner designate of our 2016 prize is Dr Li Ning, President of the Beijing You'an Hospital, standing at right in the photo. The Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, is at centre, visiting the Quiet Garden at the hospital. We founded the Quiet Garden jointly with the hospital in 2007, giving counselling to newly-infected gay patients.