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The future of China – Africa health collaboration
Health has received relatively little attention in the debate on the engagement of China in Africa. Maybe this is because in health the trade between China and Africa and Chinese investment in Africa is modest. The China – Africa health collaboration is above all an aid relation and although the economic significance of health in the overall relationship is limited, this situation may change in the near future. There is an interest from the Chinese and African governments to expand collaboration in health and include the private sector. The future outlook on this collaborative effort was the subject of the second international roundtable on health collaboration between China and Africa, which was held from February 11-12 2011 in Beijing. The roundtable was organised by the Institute of Global Health at Peking University and the China Institute of International Studies.
From the Chinese side there were officials from the ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs and Commerce, the National Population and Family Planning Commission and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. From the African side the delegation was significantly smaller. The vice minister of health of Liberia and health officials from Ethiopia and Tanzania participated. The traditional donors who are active in health care in Africa had a large presence including officials from
WHO, UNFPA, World Bank, DFID, UNAIDS and USAID. Civil society participation was limited to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and the China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE) and there were no African NGOs present. This was unfortunate because civil society and faith-based organisations in particular play an important role in health care provision in Africa. In several African countries up to halve of all health services are delivered by faith-based organisations.