Chinese medical services boost healthcare in Africa
Since the first Chinese medical team arrived in Africa in 1963, all kinds of non-profit Chinese medical services have contributed to the continent's healthcare and saved the lives of tens of thousands of people.
In recent years, cooperation in healthcare between China and Africa has witnessed tremendous results, helping forge close ties between the two.
Through decades of medical cooperation and exchanges, China has exerted all means to assist Africa, including building medical institutions, providing medicine and medical devices, organizing training sessions, and offering scholarships to African medical students.
From Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Windhoek in Namibia, 43 Chinese medical teams are working round the clock providing services across Africa.
China has sent over 20,000 medical workers to Africa since 1963 and some 200 million African people have benefited as a result.
When the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease started spreading in West Africa in 2014, China sent over teams without hesitation.
In February 2014, an Ebola epidemic broke out in Guinea and later spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia, while other countries also reported infections. The outbreak claimed hundreds of lives in months and posed a great threat to the affected countries.
Since the outbreak, China has carried out its largest aid program in the area of health, providing several rounds of financial aid to Africa, sending hundreds of medical personnel and public health experts to the affected countries and training local medical workers.