Ac­cess to medicine

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China also plans to help Africa im­prove the avail­abil­ity of health and di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices and com­modi­ties, as well as im­prove Africa’s ca­pac­ity for in­de­pen­dent and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in the field of med­i­cal care and health, ac­cord­ing to the Fo­rum on China-africa Co­op­er­a­tion Jo­han­nes­burg Ac­tion Plan an­nounced last De­cem­ber.

Thanks to its ad­vances in re­search and de­vel­op­ment and the ca­pa­bil­ity of pro­duc­ing high-qual­ity and low­cost medicines and vac­cines, China can play a unique role in sup­port­ing African health de­vel­op­ment and make a pos­i­tive im­pact in the de­vel­op­ing world.

A good ex­am­ple is Hu­man­well Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Africa, part of Hu­man­well Health­care Group, a Chi­nese lead­ing health­care so­lu­tions provider, which built the first modern medicine pro­duc­tion plant in Mali in 2009 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the China-africa De­vel­op­ment Fund.

With the fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing prod­ucts that ad­dress the large un­met health­care needs in Mali and other West­ern African coun­tries, it has pro­vided low-cost medicines for the West African mar­kets as well as cre­ated job op­por­tu­ni­ties lo­cally.

The com­pany has re­cruited more than 100 lo­cal staff and has also been work­ing to share its knowl­edge and ex­per­tise with the lo­cal work­force, dur­ing which skills are trans­ferred to ben­e­fit Mali’s econ­omy in the fu­ture.

“This plant ends our his­tory of no medicine pro­duc­tion, and helps equip us with the medicine pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, so that we can pro­duce medicines in­de­pen­dently in the fu­ture,” said Mali’s Pres­i­dent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

China pledged to en­cour­age 10 large Chi­nese phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and med­i­cal equip­ment en­ter­prises to co­op­er­ate with African coun­ter­parts at the Sec­ond Min­is­te­rial Fo­rum of China-africa Health De­vel­op­ment held in Cape Town, South Africa last Oc­to­ber.

“China’s fund­ing, skills, knowl­edge and prod­ucts are not only crit­i­cal to im­prove health con­di­tions in African coun­tries, but are also adapt­able in evolv­ing con­texts and chang­ing needs,” said Ted Chaiban, United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Emer­gency Fund’s Di­rec­tor of Pro­grams. Com­ments to li­u­jian@chi­nafrica.cn

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