As one of the originators of community health workers, or barefoot doctors, China definitely has some lessons to contribute. Cooperation in the medical sectors, especially training medical staff, has been one of the highlights under the mechanism of the Forum on China-africa Cooperation (FOCAC). During the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit in 2015, China pledged to assist Africa in strengthening prevention and treatment of infectious and communicable diseases in Africa, and train doctors, nurses, public health workers and administrative personnel.
Lee Njagi, an official with the Kenyan Ministry of Health who came to China for a HIV management training program, said Africa could draw lessons from China’s unique model of dealing with HIV. “The country’s major success has been on research and innovative ways of dealing with specific risk groups of the HIV virus.”
Liu said China’s experience could be implemented with the 2 million community medical workers being deployed in remote areas and could make a real difference in Africa’s efforts toward eradicating the virus.