China commits to expanding medical aid in Africa

15:49, February 15, 2011      

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Chinese officials vowed to expand medical cooperation with developing countries, including those in Africa, at the second international conference on China-Africa cooperation in health, which was held on Feb. 11.

By the end of 2010, China had sent a total of 17,000 medical workers to 48 African countries since the first medical team was sent there at the end of 2010, and the total cases treated reached 200 million, China's Ministry of Health reported on Monday.

Han Qide, vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, and Chen Zhu, minister of China's health ministry attended the meeting.

Chen Zhu pointed out that over nearly half a century, China has never stopped sending medical teams to Africa and at the same time assisted African countries in building hospitals and malaria control centers, training local health workers, receiving African students to China for medical education and providing them with quality and affordable medicine and medical equipment.

These efforts not only improve the health of local people and accelerate health care development in Africa but also greatly promoted the friendship between the peoples of China and Africa.

Chen Zhu said the Chinese government promised in the next 5 years that China will send 3,000 medical specialists to developing countries and train 5,000 medical personnel. In addition, it will provide medical equipment and medicines for 100 hospitals. China's medical aid will focus on maternal and child health as well as prevention for malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS and other diseases.

In the next three years, China will further contribute 14 million U.S. dollars to the Global Fund to help developing countries to prevent and treat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, said Chen Zhu. South-South Cooperation Health Alliance China was set up during the conference. It is committed to the study of the cooperation strategies between developing countries.

Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, made a video address to the conference. Zhai Jun, vice foreign minister, Zhao Baige, deputy director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission and Vivian Cherue, deputy minister of Liberian Ministry of Health were present at the meeting.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online


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