Documentary honors China's doctors in Africa

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History needs to be remembered-the voice-over of a newly-released documentary, Border for Doctors, begins with a line like this, setting out the stall of the documentary crew from the beginning.

Comprised of four 45-minute episodes, Border for Doctors recounts touching stories of Chinese medical teams and the African people they have treated over 55 years since the first group of 13 doctors and nurses, dispatched by the Chinese government, arrived in Algeria in April 1963.

"In preparing, shooting and editing the show, director Wang Baocheng and I both gave top priority to the truth," says He Yali, the producer of Border for Doctors. "We have recorded the solid friendship established between people in China and Africa through this long-term cooperation," he explains, adding, "We unveil the inside details of the medical staff's work and life, such as how Ebola patients were treated at isolation wards."

The production unit have traveled to 14 domestic cities and nine countries in Africa since last February, interviewing over 100 Chinese diplomats, ambassadors, leaders and health ministers of African countries, as well as medical teams and their patients.

The series, aired by CCTV on Aug 19 and 20, garnered over 80 million viewers across the country.

"The stories are true, as are the laughs and tears of the Chinese doctors and African people on camera," says the producer. "The audiences can feel the kindness and virtue of these medical professionals."

Cao Guang, a member of a team that offered medical assistance in Guinea, says the scenes in the documentary brought back memories of the doctors' unforgettable fight against the Ebola virus outbreaks in 2014.

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