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China deeply involved in fighting poverty in Cote d'Ivoire

(Xinhua)

15:36, August 16, 2011

ABIDJAN, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The problem of poverty is a big challenge for Africa and the fight against this scourge has been the main preoccupation of most governments on the continent.

Most analysts have observed that China has been deeply involved in the fight against poverty on the continent besides African governments. China has also remained faithful on the side of the continent as witnessed in a number of initiatives that have been launched in various sectors.

Among African countries, Cote d'Ivoire is one of those which have benefited a lot from China's support and help.

In the health sector, taking the case of malaria as an example, the means to fight against the disease have been reinforced in Cote d'Ivoire thanks to Sino-Cote d'Ivoire cooperation.

Through collaboration with Cote d'Ivoire's health ministry, the Chinese government has put up a research center in Abidjan which will help in the fight against malaria. The Cote d'Ivoire authorities have said that this malaria research center came at the right time and it will help to improve the health status of the population.

"Malaria is a real health problem in the country and it represents the first reason for medical consultations in our hospitals. A center offered by a friendly nation (China) will help to relieve the pain of most of our people," Patrice Konan, a doctor at a hospital in Abidjan, said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

The impoverization of the people comes not only through the deterioration of health conditions, but also through food deficiency.

Cote d'Ivoire has also received support from China in her efforts to achieve food sufficiency through production of foodstuffs like rice.

In March this year, China which is the biggest rice producer in the world gave Cote d'Ivoire authorities over 200 tons of fertilizers and hundreds of agricultural machines whose cost was evaluated at 2 million euros.

Still, following the appeal from Cote d'Ivoire for the Chinese support on the strategies for reviving rice farming, a Chinese delegation of experts visited several Cote d'Ivoire localities in 2010 to train rice farmers.

The Chinese delegation in Cote d'Ivoire was led by Director of the International Center for the Fight Against Poverty (LPRCC) Wu Zhing.


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