"Asia and Africa today"
- is a scientificl monthly journal (in Russian)
of the Russian Academy of Sciences
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ISSN 0321-5075. Published since July 1957.

"Asia and Africa today" № 9 2020





Аuthor Tatiana L. DEYCH
Dr.Sc. (History), Leading Research Fellow, Center for the Study of the Russian-African relations and African States’ Foreign Policy, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

  The  article  devoted  to  China-Africa  cooperation  in  healthcare,  which  is  57  years  old.  Beijing  provides  medical assistance to all African countries, which have diplomatic relations with China. Chinese doctors use the achievements of modern and traditional Chinese medicine in their practice. Medical specialists are fighting malaria, operating eye diseases within the framework of the «Go to the light» program, and implementing a program of cooperation in the treatment of HIV infection.

  The Action Plan for 2019-2021 adopted by China-Africa cooperation Forum (FOCAC) in 2018 provides 50 programs in the fields of medicine and health, including assistance to Africa in the treatment of HIV, tuberculosis, schistomatosis, cancer and heart diseases. The Plan outlines the urgent task to put the end to malaria on the continent by 2030. China often helped Africa in crisis situations. It made a great contribution to the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. China was the first to experience the effects of COVID-19. Now the coronavirus pandemic also affected Africa, where the spread of infection is particularly dangerous.

  Despite  the  difficulties  in  Chinese  economy,  Beijing  expressed  its  readiness  to  help  Africa:  it  sent  testing  kits,  masks  and protective clothing for 54 countries on the continent; besides, it sent its specialists. As of 2018, China remained the largest exporter of medicines to Africa and the largest provider of health care for the continent. According to the Chinese leader XI Jinping, Beijing will continue to provide aid to African healthcare as long as Africa needs it.

Keywords: China, Africa, medical aid, doctors, hospitals, diseases, malaria, medicine, Ebola, COVID-19
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