China’s ex­pe­ri­ence

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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.

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