China has planned to build 10 centers for malaria prevention and
treatment in Africa by the end of this year to help the continent
to get rid of the disease.
According to Gao Qi, deputy director of the verminosis control
team under the Ministry of Health, the centers will be established
in 10 African countries and the first has opened in Liberia in
February this year.
In addition, the first group of 60 medical experts, who will go
to work in these centers, are receiving a 10-day professional
trainings at the provincial verminosis control center of Jiangsu in
east China, said Gao.
The trainees, who are selected from hospitals, medical labs and
academies across the country, will not only treat patients in
Africa, but also pass on their knowledge on malaria prevention and
treatment to their African colleagues, said Gao.
Almost 400 million people in the world suffer from malaria every
year with 80 percent occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa. An estimated
one million children under the age of five in Africa die of the
illness yearly, which also causes US$12 billion in economic loss
"The trainees are expected to get an all-around understanding of
how serious the situation of malaria in Africa and get to the
latest research achievements to treat the disease to help them
adapt themselves to the challenges in Africa as soon as possible,"
China made commitment in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
in November 2006 to establish 30 anti-malaria centers for Africa in
Gao's center has held six anti-malaria workshops to train 169
professionals from the 43 countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
The center also sent experts last year to Senegal and Uganda to
give anti-malaria trainings to more than 180 local health officials
and medical workers, said Gao.
(Xinhua News Agency October 15, 2007)