The prevention and cure of malaria will be focus of the Chinese
government's medical assistance to Africa.
According to a plan, the Chinese government will provide 300
million yuan (US$37 million) in assistance to Africa in the next
three years to battle the disease.
The plan also calls for the training of 15,000 professionals,
including doctors, and the building of 30 hospitals.
According to sources with the Ministry of Commerce, this year
China will provide medicines for malaria to 33 African countries. A
Chinese centre for the prevention and cure of the disease will also
be set up.
Co-operation in the health sector between China and African
countries have strengthened since 1963 when China first sent a
medical team to Algeria, Mao Qun'an, spokesman for the Ministry of
By the end of 2005, China had dispatched more than 15,000
medical personnel to 47 African countries and treated about 170
Currently, China has a medical staff of more than 950 in 36
During the past 40 years, Chinese medical teams have not only
treated common diseases, but have also successfully carried out
heart operations, cancer surgery, and the re-attachment of severed
The people of Africa have warmly welcomed this assistance, and
so far more than 600 members of Chinese medical teams have been
awarded various medals in appreciation. China has also been praised
as a model for multinational cooperation.
The Chinese side has strengthened the training of African health
professionals since the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation in 2004.
Training programs cover traditional Chinese medicine, clinical
medicine, disease control, and rural health management.
Last year, Chinese health authorities trained 360 Africans.
Chinese doctors have endured difficult conditions in Africa.
Sun Meifang, a doctor of the department of gynecology and
obstetrics who worked in Morocco between 2001 and 2003, told China
Central Television that the provincial-level hospital she worked in
had worse equipment than rural clinics in China.
"The hospital was short of proper equipment and medicines," she
The Chinese doctors also face the risk of HIV/AIDS in
During the past 44 years, a total of 37 medical workers have
died due to various diseases.
Between five and six medical delegations from African countries
visit China each year, and a similar number from China visit Africa
Mao Qun'an said the visits had strengthened mutual trust and
(China Daily February 1, 2007)