Africa, China cooperate to tackle health challenges - Chinese and African leaders were due to meet, starting on Monday, at the 4th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Cooperation, to explore new partnerships to address some of the most pressing health challenges facing Africa and strengthen an innovative health partnership based on south-south cooperation.
This year’s roundtable, the first to take place on the African continent, will focus on promoting sustainable health solutions that meet the needs and priorities of African countries and draw on China’s unique expertise, organisers said.
During the two-day meeting, officials will engage in sessions aimed at determining how China and African countries can jointly tackle critical issues such as AIDS, malaria, schistosomiasis, reproductive health, access to lifesaving vaccines and non-communicable diseases.
These health issues disproportionately affect African countries and have also been major health challenges for China.
The roundtable comes as China and Africa mark the 50th anniversary of providing medical teams to Africa, with China also supporting African health personnel, infrastructure, malaria control and other programmes such as scholarships for training health experts.
A major theme of the roundtable is how African and Chinese officials can create win-win scenarios that will benefit all partners.
Much of China’s health assistance invests in expanding African capacity, which can help strengthen the continent’s self-sufficiency and economic development.
The roundtable is hosted by the Botswana Ministry of Health, the China Chamber of Commerce of the Ministry of Commerce and the Institute for Global Health of Peking University.
The roundtable series began in 2009 as part of a China-led initiative to evaluate and improve its foreign assistance.