Peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­change

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Tirunesh-bei­jing Hos­pi­tal is also con­sid­ered as a fine ex­am­ple of the long­stand­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Ethiopia and China. Am­bas­sador La said China and Ethiopia are friendly coun­tries with a mul­ti­fac­eted re­la­tion­ship, and the launch­ing of the two cen­ters will con­trib­ute to the peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes be­tween the two.

Ethiopia is also bench­mark­ing China’s de­vel­op­ment model to re­duce poverty, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Kebede Worku, State Min­is­ter of Health. China’s He­nan Prov­ince be­gan send­ing med­i­cal aid teams to Ethiopia in 1973. For over 43 years, 21 teams to­tal­ing 327 med­i­cal per­son­nel were dis­patched to four cities along with Ethiopian med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers.

“We learn from each other and made mu­tual progress. By work­ing to­gether, we be­came broth­ers and sis­ters,” said Li Guang­sheng, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion of He­nan Prov­ince.

Li said, in the fu­ture, they will work hard to make bet­ter progress in or­der to fill the gap be­tween what has been done and the ex­pec­ta­tions from their Ethiopian coun­ter­parts. The as­sign­ment of the Chi­nese med­i­cal teams for the last five decades has been in­stru­men­tal in im­prov­ing Ethiopia’s health sec­tor, said Worku.

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