Sus­tain­able health sys­tems

ChinAfrica - - China Report -

Lessons should be learned to strengthen the ca­pac­ity of coun­tries to re­spond to pub­lic health emer­gen­cies, said Dr. Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus, Ethiopia’s for­mer Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and can­di­date for the next WHO di­rec­tor gen­eral. “There­fore, a key pri­or­ity must be the de­vel­op­ment of re­silient and ro­bust global and lo­cal health sys­tems ca­pa­ble of pre­vent­ing, de­tect­ing and re­spond­ing to pub­lic health emer­gen­cies,” he stressed.

Ghe­breye­sus be­lieves China can help im­prove African coun­tries’ ca­pac­ity for in­de­pen­dent and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in the health sec­tor. “As China is tak­ing the lead in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, it can help strengthen the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity in African coun­tries,” he told Chi­nafrica. “This will help ad­dress medicine short­age in Africa and make es­sen­tial medicines more ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able,” he added.

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

An 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.

“In or­der to pool our strengths and spe­cial­ties and pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion, 20 Chi­nese and African hos­pi­tals from each side will be linked through the sis­ter hospi­tal ini­tia­tive,” said Feng Yong, Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion of NHFPC.

Pub­lic health is among the 10 ma­jor China-africa co­op­er­a­tion plans for 2016-18 set at the Jo­han­nes­burg Sum­mit of the Fo­rum on China-africa Co­op­er­a­tion held in late 2015. In the post-ebola era, China is still pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance and sup­port in the es­tab­lish­ment of dis­ease con­trol and pre­ven­tion sys­tems at re­gional and na­tional lev­els to re­in­force lab­o­ra­tory and di­ag­nos­tic ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

These in­clude a re­search cen­ter for trop­i­cal dis­eases in Sierra Leone, a cen­ter for dis­ease con­trol and pre­ven­tion (CDC) in the African Union Head­quar­ters in Ethiopia and five re­gional CDCS in Kenya, Zam­bia, Nige­ria, Egypt and Gabon, which will re­in­force the sur­veil­lance, mon­i­tor­ing and re­sponse ca­pac­ity of African coun­tries to pub­lic health emer­gen­cies. Com­ments to li­u­jian@chi­nafrica.cn

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