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Tu Youyou's Nobel Prize promotes China-Africa health cooperation

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

10-12-2015 16:11 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, post doctorate of Central Compilation and Translation Bureau

The news that Chinese pharmacologist Tu Youyou won a Nobel Prize in science had traveled fast. She is the first Chinese woman national to win the award, which also inspires fervent patriotic support for traditional Chinese medicine.

It is the first time many people have heard about Artemisinin, which is derived from a Chinese herb called Artemisia annua. Yet in the African medical community, they are already familiar with the remedy, since it has saved millions of African lives.

Moti, Chairman of the African Region of World Health Organization, said Artemisinin has delivered tremendous health benefits to the world and especially for Africa. Malaria is the No.1 killer in the continent. Artemisinin has significantly reduced malaria mortality rates for children and pregnant patients.

Li Bin, Director of China's National Population and Family Planning Commission, said Tu Youyou had purified the Artemisinin based on traditional Chinese medicine research, which created a new method to cure the illness.

Many other derivatives are now used in modern-day medicine to treat malaria. Accordingly, traditional Chinese medicine can be effective treatment to fight the disease in Africa.

In recent years, China and African countries have achieved remarkable results through cooperation on health matters. Since the 1st Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development was held in Beijing in August 2013, China has established counterpart hospitals in six African countries, built standard clinics of traditional Chinese medicine in 10 countries and trained more than 2100 African-born medical workers.

Beijing has sent over 1200 medical personnel to help African countries fight Ebola and has offered more than 120 million US dollars to cure epidemic diseases, which plague the continent.

The 2nd Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development was held from October 4 to 6 in Cape Town. China has pledged to cooperate with African countries to prevent the spread of Malaria and Schistosomiasis, along with improving the health of women and children, said Li Bin.

China will continue to deploy medical teams to Africa and recruit 1,500 medical personnel in the next three years. Beijing will support 20 Chinese tertiary hospitals to work with their counterparts in Africa, to strengthen support for clinic specialists in the continent.

Beijing would encourage 10 large Chinese pharmaceutical and medical equipment enterprises to cooperate with their African counterparts, through measures such as technology transfer, in the production, maintenance and distribution of quality pharmaceutical products and medical equipment in African countries.

The China-Africa Health Cooperation has enjoyed unprecedented opportunities. The United Nations General Assembly has set a new target of "guaranteeing people at all ages to enjoy healthy life."  China will join hands with African countries to improve health conditions for its people.


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